Securing housing choice: new opportunities for the UK planning system

N. Gallent, M. Baker, C. Wong

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This review paper is primarily concerned with the fall and potential rise of housing tenure choice in the UK. It reviews those policy directives, implemented during the 1980s, which were instrumental in eroding social renting opportunities, and more broadly, 'tenure choice'. In the second part of the paper reductions in tenure choice are explored at the district level using a Census derived 'choice index'. This description of changing patterns is followed by an examination of policy shifts in the 1990s. Emphasis is placed on changes to the planning system at the local level. It is argued that new mechanisms for bringing forward affordable rented housing may contribute towards restoring tenure choice. But this may only be achieved if the new UK government can contain pressures for prioritising sale housing; pressures inherent in the recent household projections and the 'affordable housing thresholds' found in new planning guidance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages13
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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