Laura Sharman 23 June 2020

Calls for a flexible zoning system to end housing crisis

Calls for a flexible zoning system to end housing crisis image

A flexible zoning system would help build more homes in the UK and end the housing crisis, a new report has argued.

A critique of the UK’s planning system, published by Centre for Cities, argues that the current system rations land, restricts the supply of new homes, and decreases affordability.

It calls for the Government to adopt a flexible zoning system as seen in other countries. It argues that planning proposals which comply with a zone-based local plan and building regulations to be automatically granted planning permission.

The report states: 'Minimising the discretionary element in the planning system is the key to overcoming this housing crisis. In England, this requires a shift away from the current discretionary planning system towards the distinct approach of a flexible zoning system, as seen in other countries with more affordable housing.

'These problems discussed above are creations of the current planning system, and cannot be resolved so long as the fundamentals of the system remain untouched.'

Other recommendations in the report include replacing Section 106 agreements with a flat 20% levy on a development’s value for infrastructure and new social housing.

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Placement Monitoring Officer

Essex County Council
Children and Families service is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Housing Inclusion Team Leader

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£36711 - £39774 per annum
The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Housing Inclusion & Support Service is on a mission to become one of the top service providers in housing support and England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Business Support Assistant MASH & LAT

City of York Council
£18,865 to £20,013 per annum
There are 2 posts available which will primarily support work in Children’s Social Care. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Registration Technician x 2

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£20,903 - £24,491 per annum
Sandwell Registration Services are seeking to employ two suitable individuals to be part of their award-winning Bereavement Services team. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Local Engineer

Birmingham City Council
£27,741 - £34,728
The Senior Local Engineer role is to provide technical service at senior level to Local Engineering teams Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue