Governing the ungovernable: spatial policy, markets and volume house-building in a growth region

Cochrane, Allan; Colenutt, Robert and Field, Martin (2015). Governing the ungovernable: spatial policy, markets and volume house-building in a growth region. Policy and Politics, 43(4) pp. 527–544.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557315X1425035075835

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Abstract

The global rhetoric surrounding the role of private markets in the provision of new housing masks a more complex reality in which public policy and private developers are deeply enmeshed, often through processes of spatial planning. This paper discusses the implications of this with the help of a detailed examination of plans for housing development on the edge of England’s growth region (in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire) during the period 2003-2013. It highlights some of the consequences of pursuing spatial policies that rely on light touch state involvement in a market shaped by the priorities of powerful corporate actors.

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