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Housing: politicians won’t build it like they used to

Labour's proposals for the "renty-something" generation are eyecatching, but the main parties' plans remain vague

By Nick Duxbury  

“The next Labour government will recapture the post-war spirit for building new homes.”

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds is expected to make this rousing pledge in a speech tonight unveiling how Labour will build 200,000 homes a year by 2020. But for many in the audience at the Town and Country Planning Association’s Annual Sir Frederic Osborn Lecture, eyes will collectively roll.

This is partly because most of these policies have been unveiled many times over. And partly because…

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