“It’s all very well getting in a minister who totally understands the problem… But if their solution isn’t popular with the people it affects, and their voters, then it’s unlikely to see the light of day”
Ben Southwood is a fellow at Policy Exchange, a UK think tank. Along with his co-author Samuel Hughes, he has an idea: individual streets should control their own planning rules.
Now, Southwood and Hughes' idea is on the UK legislative agenda. Obscure as it may sound, the plan has the potential to deliver tens of thousands of new homes in the places they're needed most. In this podcast, Southwood talks about street votes, along with his diagnosis of what has gone wrong in the housing markets of the English-speaking world.