Case studies: building more housing

Find out how cities are encouraging more housebuilding in their area using this case study library

Why building housing is important

There is now broad consensus that the UK needs to build more homes. But the need for new homes is far more acute in some places than in others and housing in Britain’s most economically successful cities tends to be the least affordable. Failing to build the homes needed constrains these cities from further growth.

Cities can deliver homes within their boundaries by increasing the density of existing communities, evaluating land on its merits rather than its existing designation, and working with neighbourhood authorities.

Key reports

Case studies

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Case study Policy aim Location Country Lead organisation(s)
1. Identifying and building on Opportunity and Intensification Areas Strategic sites allocation and densification to meet housing needs London UK Greater London Authority
2. Working with partners combining multiple strategies to house building Strategic sites allocation and densification to meet housing needs Bristol UK Bristol Home Commission
3. Directly delivering homes for underserved-groups Strategic sites allocation and densification to meet housing needs Ealing UK Ealing Council-owned Company
4. Funding infrastructure upfront setting up a building tariff Build new suburbs Milton Keynes UK Milton Keynes Tariff
5. Managing land pro-actively Build new suburbs Milton Keynes UK Milton Keynes Development Company
6. Funding new infrastructure using public assets Build new suburbs Ørestad, Copenhagen Denmark Ørestad Development Corporation
7. Using Compulsory Purchase Order powers fit for purpose Build new suburbs Paleiskwartier, ‘s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands ‘s-Hertogenbosch City Council
8. Strategically releasing green belt (I) Build new suburbs Cambridge UK Cambridge Futures
9. Strategically releasing green belt (II) Build new suburbs Cheshire East UK Cheshire East Council
10. Communities allocating land for homes and parks Build new suburbs Leipzig-Hale Germany Green Ring Leipzig
11. Working in partnership with neighbouring authorities Deliver housing across a region Cambridge UK Cambridge sub-regional housing board
12. Incentivising local authorities to form planning partnerships Deliver housing across a region Montpellier France Montpellier Agglomeration
13. Enforcing cooperation through national strategic planning Deliver housing across a region Cities across the Netherlands Netherlands Dutch Government
14. Making the most of TfL assets to support affordable housing Delivering housing across a regionLondonUKTransport for London
15. Using public assets to deliver more affordable housing Influence development using public assets London UK London Borough of Camden
16. Developing cross-boundary and agency public asset strategies Unlock development for particularly difficult individual sites and projects Cambridgeshire UK Cambridgeshire County Council
17. Making the most of TfL assets to support Mayor’s vision for London Deliver affordable housingLondonUK Transport for London

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