'Measure twice, cut once' - revisiting the strength and impact of local planning regulation of housing development in England

Glen Bramley, David Watkins

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Abstract

There has been growing interest in the impact of land-use regulation and
planning on housing development and markets, and a consequent search for quantified measures of their extent and efficacy. Nevertheless, despite the UK having a long-established and comprehensive planning system, this kind of quantitative analysis of system performance has been limited. This paper assembles and reports on a set of local level measures for England for the late 2000s and assesses their effectiveness in predicting the key flow-of-consents measure and actual housing development. The pattern of restrictiveness is assessed against broad sustainability criteria including urban settlement
structure, economic growth potential, and housing affordability and need. We also assess recent changes and the potential impact of a major system change towards more localised planning decision making.
LanguageEnglish
Pages863-884
Number of pages23
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Volume41
Issue number5
Early online date14 Apr 2014
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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local planning
housing development
regulation
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housing market
economic growth
land use
housing
sustainability
decision making
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Keywords

  • planning
  • Housing
  • restrictiveness measures
  • localisation
  • England

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