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Is zoning the solution to the UK housing crisis?

Gallent, N; De Magalhaes, C; Freire Trigo, S; (2021) Is zoning the solution to the UK housing crisis? Planning Practice and Research , 26 (1) pp. 1-19. 10.1080/02697459.2020.1829283.

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Abstract

Although housing crises are rooted in both demand-side pressures and supply-side blockages, perceived regulatory impediments to building new homes are the softest target for policy reform. Critics argue that the English planning system’s case-by-case consideration of development applications hands excessive power to existing homeowners, who regularly veto those applications, thereby generating uncertainty for the development sector, impeding supply, and amplifying wealth inequalities. Drawing on interviews with planning and development actors, this paper explores the potential of rules-based zoning, in which consultation is restricted to plan-making and compliant applications proceed ‘automatically’, to address the supply sub-component of the housing crisis.

Type: Article
Title: Is zoning the solution to the UK housing crisis?
DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2020.1829283
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2020.1829283
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Rules-based zoning, case-by-case permissioning, housing supply, England
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110323
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