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None of the parties has a convincing narrative for fixing the housing crisis


Taking the biggest area of housing problems - London - there's surely room for review, exhibition and maybe even guided tours of all the 'infill' developments in the last fifty or sixty years (or more) that embody many of the ideas and ideals expressed here - and, vitally, to highlight how the vast quantity of backland offers so much opportunity. Both to increase public awareness and hopefully to galvanise politicians and landowners at all levels to roll their sleeves up and get their act together - legislating, financing and ensuring protection against 'commodifying' and price gouging.. The annual 'Open House' festivals cover a good deal of individual housing infill, but the amount of 'jungle' in inner suburban London is really astonishing, given the cost of land. There's clearly the need to ensure that plenty of greenery is safeguarded, and future infrastructure routes protected, but surely there's room for a very substantial amount of new housing on these pockets of land, and I wonder if there's ever been a comprehensive survey of what's there?

Posted date

7 June, 2017

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