Why are we not building more homes in the UK?

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  • Ernie Warrender

    20th October 2017 at 10:41 am

    This is steel thought out article by someone actually involved, not a dry Academic pontification. We have a crisis. The only quick fix is to do what we did at the last housing crisis which were the ‘Pre Fab’. These afforded people modern efficient housing ‘instantly’. The modern ‘Pre Fab’, The Haufhaus, Passivhaus etc is an incredibly efficient dwelling that would create a whole new industry in the UK, enable real Communities to be created and with the minimum environmental impact. Furthermore, it would enable us to return to real Council Housing, one of the few things Government does well.

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  • barry charman

    15th February 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks Leon
    A common belief amonst the public is that starter homes are far less profitable for developers to build than bigger detached houses.Is this true?
    Surely the answer to building more homes- assuming the land cost remains constant- is to go up -ie multi storey homes. In the USA the penthouse on the top floor is the ultimate -yet in GB “high rise” is associated with lowest form of life rented flats-the dreaded “tenements” word comes to mind.
    In an ideal world modular buildings, with superb elevators (lifts), should be available in different configurations to suit singles, couples and families. Maybe some form of rules would have to be applied so that the “empty nesters” had a reason to downsize – giving up bigger places for those needing more bedrooms.
    In UK the whole building / residential property business is where Mr Smith puts his wealth – we all know the gain is tax free when he sells. So why invest in shares when he is assured of a good return -and somewhere to live – without risk? If the cost of buying / renting a home was reasonable -the economy would benefit from the extra investment. But that woud really upset the vested interests for keeping property prices sky high! So let’s get high rise quality places built – modular or “lego block” construction -and have more disposable income to improve the GB economy!

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    • Fear Group

      21st February 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Many thanks for your comment.

      Apartments in Britain today are factually considered upmarket not downmarket with penthouses in London fetching many millions. In fact penthouse living is a global phenomena and is coveted pretty much everywhere.

      Even in places like Manchester, Leeds and Bristol, penthouses often fetch a lot more than large luxury five bedroom houses which many would term mansions.

      I do agree with you Barry that building up is certainly one answer. One way to preserve our greenbelt from further erosion is to find land in urban centres, this includes building up.

      Funnily enough, the least popular form of housing is the bungalow and dormer bungalow. They are popular among the elderly but younger people often see them as being for the over 60s. They also use up too much land for economic use in urban situations.

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