Jim Coleman tackles one of the UK’s burning questions – how do we solve our housing crises?
This year, in its 10th annual congress, The Academy of Urbanism tackles one of the country’s most burning questions. In its debate “Solving the Housing Crises: New Thinking – New Solutions”
Jim will be chairing this workshop session which seeks to bring to light new evidence on the nature of the UK’s housing crises and will attempt to provide greater insight into locations, mechanisms and policy responses for an accelerated rate of housing delivery.
“This is the 10th anniversary Academy of Urbanism Congress and a fitting location to debate the fundamental challenge of UK urban development: how exactly are we going to address a chronic under-supply of housing in the face of a rising population? I am sure our expert panel will bring some new insights to bear and provide a good platform for moving the debate further towards a conclusion.”
The ‘housing crisis’ is by now a well-rehearsed and oft-quoted characteristic of the UK’s ongoing economic development.
Although most acute in the south of England, many regions are experiencing a substantial under-supply of housing that continues to push prices towards a level that is increasingly unobtainable for the average purchaser.
The Government has made several attempts to catalyse faster delivery of housing, but interventions seem to have stoked up the demand side further without really generating the corresponding supply needed for a more balanced market. The private rented sector is now starting to expand, but in a very inconsistent fashion.
There is still no real solution to this ‘crisis’ in sight. Is this due to a lack of vision on the part of policy makers? Limitations to our real understanding of the problem? Or, simply an acceptance of a housing market that is in serious, continuous disequilibrium?
Christopher Buckle – Associate Director, Residential Research and Consultancy, Savills
Jim Coleman – Head of Economics and Business Planning, BuroHappold Engineering
James Gross – Masterplanning Director, Barton Willmore
Joe Sarling – Associate Director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Barney Stringer – Director, Quod
Janet Sutherland – Director, The Academy of Urbanism
Friday 10 June – Day Two @ 14:00