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Community-led housing held back by lack of land, says TOWN co-founder


One aspect of the current housing problems is the really bad behaviour by some of the national developers, in the spotlight in the last few years, Not so much the remarkable profits achieved per se, but the detail in getting them. This ranges from the unscrupulous (to be very polite) use of the freehold 'system' to extort the last drop of blood from house purchasers to the ability to somehow deliver new homes with all the relevant completion documentation but which aren't just scrappily built, they're basically dangerous. And then there's the case of twisting the arms of a local authority to relax the approved design standards in the face of urgent need for affordable housing. Surely some drastic reform of the large scale housing development industry is needed, and it wouldn't really be too draconian to enforce the forfeiture of development land from companies with a record of totally unacceptable behaviour. This would concentrate minds on producing a decent product at a fair price, rather than whatever they thought they could get away with..

Posted date

1 April, 2019

Posted time

9:15 am