Colin Wiles is an independent housing consultant, and former housing association chief executive. He is a Fellow of the RSA and has written a regular blog for Inside Housing since 2011.
Blog Posts (58)
Disruptors like Airbnb could affect housing supply in London, writes Colin Wiles
The Redfern Review is something of a curate’s egg, writes Colin Wiles
Could Brexit improve the way that we use land? Colin Wiles looks at the key issues.
More and more Conservatives appear to believe that the market on its own will never solve the housing crisis, says Colin Wiles
Neighbourhood Plans are hindering not helping the delivery of new homes, says Colin Wiles
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Comment on: Jeremy Corbyn's housing association problem
Bob Crow used to say "I was born in a council house and `I'll die in a council house" - he actually lived in a housing association house. Even people like him failed to understand the distinction. Perhaps a world where all social housing was described as council housing would be no bad thing? At least no one would be confused.
Comment on: Circle of despair
What a sorry tale! As associations grow, it is clear that their executives are becoming ever more remote from the people who pay their salaries. And, are organisations of this size are becoming too big to fail? If Clarion becomes unfit for purpose what does the regulator do? Who would take them over? One possible solution would be to split the stock geographically and hand it over to local, good performers.
Comment on: Clarion reports sales 30% below target
Shouldn't the headline read 30% below target?
Comment on: Airbnb and housing supply
Paul - yes I'm sceptical of the whole "disruption" thing that is so beloved by some people in our sector. It brings to mind nursery tantrums and throwing your toys out of the pram.
Comment on: Housing and immigration
It's noteworthy that the government's own projections for England estimate 210,000 households being formed each year for the next 22 years. Given the backlog mentioned above, 250,000 new homes a year seems a reasonable figure for the sector to campaign for, regardless of Brexit. Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners have provided a very good briefing here. http://nlpplanning.com/uploads/files/Household_Projections_Flyer_July_2016.pdf
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