Housing and Planning

A Thriving YIMBY Future is Within Our Grasp



Kristian Niemietz writes for The Telegraph

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Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

IEA Editorial Director Kristian Niemietz has written for CapX discussing his recent report sketching out a future in which Britain has liberalised its burdensome planning laws and unleashed a house building boom.

Kristian wrote:

“Yimbys lack class consciousness. They do not act upon their political preferences. They do not represent an electoral bloc that a political party, or a faction within a party, could woo.

“But what if they did? What if the Yimbys became politically self-aware? What if they started to systematically punish Nimby policies, and reward Yimby ones, ideally regardless of party affiliation or faction?

“These are the questions I try to answer in my new paper ‘Home Win: What if Britain Solved its Housing Crisis?‘, published this month by the Institute of Economic Affairs. It describes a possible future Britain in which the Yimbys wake up, and manage to push housing policy in their direction.

“I am not describing a utopia. I am merely describing a country where people are allowed to put bricks on top of other bricks, if doing so serves a useful purpose. Nonetheless, that Yimby Britain would be a much richer and happier place than the one we currently live in.”

Read Kristian’s full piece here.

You can also read a copy of Home Win: What if Britain Solved its Housing Crisis?.