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UK Housing Policy and Practice

Introduction

BSHF seeks to contribute to the improvement of the UK’s housing system by producing research and analysis that is informative, rigorous and reliable. We prize our independence highly and are committed to remaining non-partisan.

We seek to make our research available directly to politicians and policy-makers, to housing practitioners and other researchers, and also to members of the public: anyone who might be able to make use of the knowledge we generate in informed debate.

In 2009, we published The Future of Housing, a comprehensive review of the UK housing system that highlighted eight key areas for attention, including addressing house price volatility and increasing the range of housing providers in order to combat undersupply and increase the quality and variety of housing.

Following The Future of Housing, we have addressed many of these areas in greater depth, including a review of support with housing costs, research into changing tenure trends and a range of proposals to increase housing supply.

Details of our research reports and publications are available in the UK Housing Policy and Practice publications section.

We also make contributions to government committees and consultations related to our areas of expertise.

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Annual BSHF consultations at Windsor Castle

Each year, BSHF organises a three-day consultation at St George's House in Windsor Castle, bringing together leading experts and practitioners to discuss a theme of current housing concern and to identify ways in which possible solutions can be put into place.

By making room for ‘high-quality disagreement’, we facilitate discussions that invariably show the issue in a new light, and provide recommendations for effective action.

The recommendations resulting from these deliberations are used to encourage and support practical and realistic change in both policy and practice. 

A report is produced following the consultation, which summarises the discussions that took place, illustrates good practice case studies and identifies the key recommendations for action.

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Windsor consultation 2013

Our 2013 Windsor consultation took place in May on the theme of new settlements. A range of experts in the field, including planners, developers, academics and community and government representatives joined BSHF to consider how to support the development of new settlements. 

Our report, Creating the Conditions for New Settlements in England, was launched at the end of August. It contains a set of recommendations for government and other key stakeholders which would support the development of new settlements.

The report has received interest from various organisations and individuals. This includes press coverage, journal articles and a parliamentary Early Day Motion in support of the recommendations. It also prompted a request to respond to a Liberal Democrat consultation on planning which was recently submitted

The focus has now turned to the second of our outputs relating to this consultation to support the inclusion of communities in the planning, development and long-term management of new settlements. To this end we are producing an online resource for communities covering these important issues.