As the housing market begins to stabilise, CABE launches a debate about house building.
It aims to investigates whether we should revert to the way things were done during the housing boom, or explore new models of building.
The debate, which will take place at an expert workshop in January, will begin with six housing specialists offering their views through a collection of essays entitled ‘Who should build our homes?’.
A common theme is the call for less reliance on build-to-sell and for renting to become the norm once more. The experts also make the case for self-build and community-commissioned housing to enter the mainstream.
Christine Whitehead, professor of housing economics at LSE, points out that housing supply never came near to meeting demand. She argues for a planning framework that encourages the right sort of development at the local level.
Peter Studdert, planning director for Cambridge’s growth areas, calls for local authorities to be set free from central government restraints, as he believes this would allow them to play a more active role in funding a delivering new homes.
Meanwhile, Stephen Hill, director of C20 futureplanners, champions the self-build movement and its potential to create high quality places; while Pooran Desai, co-founder of the BioRegional Development Group, argues that climate change should be tackled at the neighbourhood scale.
The collection of essays, Who should build our homes? is available to download here.