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

Senior Care Manager

London Borough of Bromley
Up to £43,205 (BR13+2) (Pro rata'd when part time)
The London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Division are looking for Senior Care Managers Bromley (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bromley

Senior Practitioner Referral and Assessment Team

London Borough of Bromley
up to £45,159 per annum
Join us on our journey to excellence. Bromley (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bromley

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection West Essex

Essex County Council
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted thi England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Property, Investment and Regeneration

Lancaster City Council
£51,300 - £64,369 per annum
We are looking for a creative, inspirational and commercially minded leader who is able to translate vision and strategy into reality. Lancaster, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancaster City Council

Social Worker (0-25 Disabilities Service)

Barnet London Borough Council
£39,040.00 - £49,950.00 Per Annum
We are looking for skilled, dynamic and motivated Social Workers Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough 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