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Let’s face it: we have to start building on the green belt

The Tory manifesto has ruled it out. Yet building on only 2 per cent of London's green belt could provide 430,000 homes

By Andrew Carter  

London, and other cities, desperately need housing stock. Photo: PA

The devastating Grenfell Tower fire has inevitably provoked many difficult questions about how the disaster could happen, who should be held to account, and how we can prevent a similar incident taking place again.

Moreover, it has refocused public attention on London’s myriad housing problems—with public grief and outrage broadening into a wider discussion about the conditions that many Londoners live in, and the capital’s desperate shortage of quality affordable homes.

To some extent, the Government responded…

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