John Harris

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We can solve the UK’s housing crisis – with a little imagination | John Harris

Too many of the new houses being built in Britain are unaffordable or badly constructed. But viable alternatives exist

Housebuilding, housebuilding, housebuilding. Last year, Theresa May pledged to make “the British dream a reality by reigniting home ownership in Britain once again”, and insisted she was taking “personal charge” of the effort to solve the country’s housing problems. Not long after, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, promised to eventually ensure the construction of 300,000 new homes a year. And fair play to the government, perhaps: in 2016- 2017, 184,000 new homes were built in England – the highest figure since the crash of 2007-8, and possible proof that the prime minister’s dream of a country building “more homes, more quickly” was starting to be realised.

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Impossible land prices cut out developers beyond the tiny handful of giants who dominate the market

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