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Housebuilding: time for a new model

We need 250,000 new homes per year—but we have fallen behind

By Pete Jefferys  

Terraced houses in south east London ©Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Between 1919 and 1939 four million new homes were built in England; a million by local authorities and three million by the private sector. These were the legacy of David Lloyd George’s “Homes for Heroes” vision to give a better life to returning servicemen after the Great War.

In the 1930s over 300,000…

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