The Bartlett School of Planning


New Book Addresses Politics, Planning and the Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong

19 July 2016

Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong

In their new book Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong, Professor Nick Gallent (Bartlett School of Planning), Professor Nicole Gurran (University of Sydney) and Professor Rebecca L.H. Chiu (University of Hong Kong) examine the politics and planning of new homes in three very different settings, but with shared political traditions: in Australia, in England and in Hong Kong. 

In recent years, many nations have asked why not enough housing is being built or, when it is built, why it isn’t of the highest quality or in the best, most sustainable, locations. The book investigates the power-relationships and politics that underpin the allocation of land for large-scale residential schemes and the processes and politics that lead to particular development outcomes. Using a comparative framework, it asks:

  • How different systems of urban governance and planning mediate the supply of land for housing;
  • Whether and how these system differences influence the location, quantity and price of residential land and the implications for housing outcomes;
  • What can be learned from these different systems for allocating land, building consensus between different stakeholders, and delivering a steady supply of high quality and well located homes accessible to, and appropriate for, diverse housing needs.

This book frames each case study in a comprehensive examination of national and territorial frameworks before dissecting key local cases. These local cases – urban renewal and greenfield growth centres in Australia, new towns and strategic sites in England, and major development schemes in Hong Kong – explore how broader urban planning and housing policy goals play out at the local level. 

While the book highlights a number of potential strategies for improving planning and housing delivery processes, the real challenge is to give voice to a broader array of interests, reconstituting the political process surrounding planning and housing development to prioritise homes in well-planned places for the many, rather than simply facilitating investment opportunities for the few.

About the Authors

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Nick Gallent is Head of School and Professor of Housing and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.

Rebecca L.H. Chiu is Head and Professor at the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and the Director of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning of the University of Hong Kong, China.

Publisher's Website

Available from Routledge:

Gurran, N., Gallent, N., Chiu, R.L.H. 2016. Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong. Routledge