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Report Launch: Closer to home: next steps in planning and devolution

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), in partnership with Royal Institute of British Architects, is delighted to invite you to the launch of a new report, ‘Closer to home: next steps in planning and devolution’.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), in partnership with Royal Institute of British Architects, is delighted to invite you to the launch of a new report, ‘Closer to home: next steps in planning and devolution’.

This event will take place on Monday 31st October, from 12-1:30pm, at The Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art (Boundary St W, Manchester, M15 6BR).

Speakers:
  • Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Local Government and Housing Minister
  • Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council, declared Conservative candidate for Greater Manchester Mayoralty
  • Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North
  • Ruth Reed, Chair of RIBA Planning Group and former RIBA President, Director of Green Planning Studio
  • Michael Taylor, External Affairs Advisor, Manchester Metropolitan University (chair)

England has not one housing market but many. If the government is to meet its target of 1 million new homes by the end of the parliament, then the wide variation across the country – the different housing opportunities, challenges and requirements – must be recognised.

In this new report, ‘Closer to home: next steps in planning and devolution’, IPPR considers the case for a new devolution deal on housing, exploring the ways in which newly created combined authorities, under mayoral leadership, might commit to ambitious long-term housebuilding targets in return for an expanded menu of powers and resources transferred down from central government. It assesses a wide range of options, from flexibility in housing funding streams and council tax to the reform of NPFF land use restrictions, from new powers over planning fees to extended powers in setting design code standards.

This event will bring together experts from the worlds of policy, architecture, and planning to discuss the opportunities devolution brings, and challenges it faces, in addressing the needs of local housing markets while also working towards national targets.