It’s not all about adding to supply – replacing homes through regeneration is vital too

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As battles rage in the Conservative Party over housing targets, Geeta Nanda argues for a more sophisticated debate centred on long-term plans including regeneration

Although housing was not perhaps the key discussion point prior to this month’s local elections, it has taken centre stage since the vote took place.

Senior Conservatives, in particular former Levelling Up Secretary Simon Clarke have squarely blamed his party’s decision to cut housebuilding targets as the reason behind the Tories’ poor showing at the ballot box.

This has understandably attracted headlines and column inches. However, we must avoid a binary debate of whether ‘to build or not to build’.

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