Our story

 

Create Streets exists to help solve the housing crisis and to help communities and developers create beautiful street-based places of sufficient density that will be popular with the wider community, are likely to be correlated with good wellbeing outcomes and which are likely to prove good long term investments based on the historical data of value appreciation and maintenance costs.

Our goal is to make it easier to develop high density, beautiful, street-based economically and socially successful developments with strong local support and which residents will love for generations. Over the next fifteen years we are also determined dramatically to improve the UK planning system so that it better delivers what people like and therefore helps deliver more new homes.

Nicholas Boys Smith set up Create Streets in 2013 out of frustration with the low quality of too much recent development and of irrational decision-making. We research links between urban form and wellbeing, health, sustainability, value and popularity. We advise communities, landowners, councils and developers. We lobby for necessary policy change. And we help communities and long-term investors develop exemplar schemes.

In our first three years, and on an initially very modest budget, Create Streets has already managed to have a non-trivial impact on British planning policy and the wider debate as well as helping many communities and councils make the case for and start to achieve better and more popular development.