21 NOV 2017
This is a quick guide to the 2017 Autumn Budget.
Housing is set to dominate the 2017 Autumn Budget. Yet there is more than one type of budget where housing can be key. In this paper we have identified six budget areas and we will be looking at the balance of policy and financial measures within e...
14 NOV 2017
The HFi's Recommendations report is released for consultation today (14 November 2017). It follows a six-month government backed pilot research programme which brought together key players from private and public sectors. The research programme was launched in response to evidence in previ...
26 OCT 2017
This is a quick guide to the green belt.
The guide started its life from a question that the institute was asked by a council: is the green belt forever, even if it no longer serves its purpose?
The green belt is an emotional as well as a highly technical topic. Like all such emotional a...
18 OCT 2017
The HFi's report calls for a radical planning shake-up to solve London's housing crisis that would professionalise decision-making in the planning system, increase the supply of land suitable for house building and allow substantially greater densities of homes in the capital.
The paper sets out ...
01 SEP 2017
Britain is still building
New homes starts are the fifth best in a quarter of a century
There is no evidence of a Brexit wobble
London is lagging
A sharp decline in last year's housing figures may herald a longer-term decline
London may need additional and special measures to reverse it...
27 JUN 2017
June 2017 has been one of the saddest in housing for many decades. A few days ago, a tower block which had dominated the West London landscape for over forty years was consumed in a devastating fire. The Grenfell death toll has reached 79. The dead and injured over 100 men, women and children.
02 MAY 2017
Housebuilding can be a great boost to a local economy, as well as the national economy.
It has been assessed that every £1 spent on construction generates a further £2.09 on economic activity, 'higher than the return to most other sectors including advanced manufacturing and finance...
10 SEP 2016
The HFi have released Research Highlights 2016: Conference Special Edition which is a compilation of all our research and commentary work over the last year. It addresses key housing and infrastructure questions such as:
How do we build more homes, faster?
Does London have capacity to build a ...
01 SEP 2016
Britain is building again, but not where most people expect. You might think that housebuilding is dominated by the big cities and bustling metropolitan areas. But it isn't. Building, and opportunity to build, is dominated by Britain's coastal communities, the country villages and market towns, post...
14 MAR 2016
The theme of this report is to identify the issues which are holding back housebuilding across the country, and to make recommendations to help unlock a greater efficiency in housing delivery.
The report found that that there is a genuine cross-party consensus for a step change in housebuilding. Gi...