13 January 2023

The CapX Podcast: Samuel Hughes on solving the housing puzzle



CapX regulars know all too well the parlous state of British housing. We don’t build enough, what we do build is often shoddy and angrily opposed by local people, and both rents and mortgages are increasingly out of the reach of even those on middling income. There is no single silver bullet, no snapping of the fingers that will suddenly deliver a properly functioning, prosperity-enhancing British housing sector.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything – far from it. To get into the weeds of just where we can improve housing policy, what can be done in the short and long term and, crucially, how to make beautiful design central to development, we were delighted to welcome to the CapX Podcast the Centre for Policy Studies’ own Head of Housing, Samuel Hughes.



Samuel is one of the leading lights of British housing policy, who combines his work here with a role as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion.

There’s a great deal for experts and laymen, Nimbys and Yimbys alike to get stuck into here, and there’s no doubt you’ll come away from the conversation better informed about the state of one of the UK economy’s most important sectors.

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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.