Forget housing targets, what we need is quality

Peter Bill

Trying to build 300,00 homes a year is a fantasy. What people need is more space says Peter Bill

Forcing councils to zone land enough for 300,000 new homes will do nothing to solve Britain’s housing crisis. Suggesting the state can control housing numbers by boosting the number of available acres is moonshine as housebuilders largely control the supply valve. They twist the wheel open or shut with an eye to the economy. It’s sophistry to say ‘changing the planning system’ will magic up homes. Output is yoked to the economic cycle, not to the number of acres zoned by councils.

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