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Opinion: Will fixing the planning system improve the housing supply?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Britain has a housing problem. There are problems of shortage and, consequently, access and affordability.

There are three principal mechanisms for dealing with significant housing shortage and indirectly reducing the affordability problems that go with it: (1) You can reduce the number of households needing to be housed; (2) You can increase the number of properties available; and (3) You can improve the utilization of the existing stock of properties.

You can try to do something on all three fronts. A couple of weeks ago LibDemVoice co-editor Mark Pack identified six …

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  • User AvatarMack 26th Feb - 2:24am
    There are some good ideas here, but I think that joining them together is probably important to seriously tackle this issue. Building more houses, regardless...
  • User AvatarYousuf Farah 26th Feb - 1:53am
    What you allude to in your article as a way to preserve the union whilst keeping dialogue with the SNP, is untenable. It would make...
  • User AvatarManfarang 26th Feb - 1:39am
    With the British economy failing under Johnson the number of British people seeking employment overseas is set to increase.
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 26th Feb - 1:01am
    But what is Unique to the Lib Dems about building more houses? Every party is in favour of it - the Conservatives because it will...
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 26th Feb - 12:22am
    @TCO But private sector housing is more expensive. So a Council Tenant who is being financially hit by the Bedroom Tax is, according to you,...
  • User AvatarBen Rattigan 25th Feb - 11:15pm
    I cannot agree with this. Why? Mission Creep That's what happened with Labour plans and why I switched from Labour to LibDem. Govts can't help...