On housing

Rebecca Lowe’s latest ConservativeHome column focuses on housing and the need for green-belt reform. In September, FREER will be publishing a paper on this topic, written by Simon Clarke.

Here’s an extract from the column:

‘A welcome feature of current debate is the growing consensus around the need to redress UK land use. Whether it’s how leaving the CAP will give us our first chance in forty years to make agricultural policies fit for this nation, or the changes urgently needed as exemplified by the astonishing rise of house prices and rents, it’s certainly true that land has landed at the top of the agenda.

With regards to what’s now universally called the “housing crisis”, increasing numbers agree that the problem is – at least very significantly – on the supply side. For too long, we haven’t built enough, and the current regulatory system makes it almost impossible to catch up.’

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