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Build on the green belt

London must expand to solve the housing crisis

By Jo Valentine   April 2014

One of the simplest yet paralysis-inducing truths of our time is that demand for housing easily outstrips supply in London and has been doing so for a long time.

Population growth, which is expected to add the equivalent of a city at least the size of Birmingham to the capital’s headcount over the next decade, will make this much worse. George Osborne’s plan for a new garden city at Ebbsfleet is certainly welcome— it ticks key boxes for getting homes built quickly, such as transport, infrastructure and the right planning consents. But the 11,000 homes planned are just one part…

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