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Planning restraints keep London house prices higher

Geoff Riley

10th March 2016

This won't come as much of a surprise to seasoned watchers of the South East property market but fresh research reinforces the widely-held belief that restrictive planning systems have been a key factor behind the continued surge in real estate valued.

House prices in the South East of England would have been roughly 25% lower in 2008 and perhaps 30% lower in 2015 if the region had planning regulations of similar restrictiveness as the North East of England. That is one of the findings of new research by Christian Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen, published in the March 2016 issue of the Economic Journal.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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