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CentrePiece article
in brief...Empty homes, longer commutes
Paul Cheshire, Christian A. L. Hilber and Hans R. A. Koster
March 2018
Paper No' CEPCP525:
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CentrePiece 23 (1) Spring 2018

JEL Classification: R13; R38

Tags: residential vacancy rates; housing supply constraints; land use regulation

In areas of Britain where there are empty houses, planners typically allocate less land for development and make it more difficult to build or adapt houses. Research by Paul Cheshire, Christian Hilber and Hans Koster exposes the unintended and undesirable consequences of additional local restrictions, including more, not fewer, empty homes and longer commutes.

Paul Cheshire, Christian Hilber and Hans Koster (2018) ‘Empty Homes, Longer Commutes: The Unintended Consequences of More Restrictive Local Planning’, Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper No. 181, July 2015