The crisis could be solved with a “Civic Housebuilding” schemeby Catharine Banks / March 13, 2017 / Leave a comment
By the government’s own admission, the housing market is broken. It isn’t building enough homes—and those that are being built are often unaffordable and poor quality.
New research from Shelter shows that eight out of ten working families who are renting privately cannot afford a newly built home in their area, even with Help to Buy.
Not only are these homes out of reach of normal families; further Shelter research conducted with YouGov showed that half of new home owners have experienced major problems with their properties; including with construction, unfinished fittings and faults with the utilities. The ongoing Bovis Homes scandal bears out these findings.
But these problems can all be tackled—if a sensible, civic-minded solution is pursued.
Britain’s housing crisis is systemic: our main way of building homes has evolved over time to benefit landowners and speculative developers, whilst families and communities pay the price. There are no moustache twirling villains here (generally speaking), just some serious winners and serious losers from a completely clapped out system of housebuilding….