Philip Booth writes for ConHome
It is very clear that the problem is the green belt and other planning constraints. The map of the green belt is worth studying. In many areas, everywhere people are allowed to build has already been built on. The restricted supply of spare land defined in 1947 has been used up. It can be seen clearly from the map that the green belt is strangling London, Oxford and Cambridge and many other places with the highest prices. Counties such as Sussex that are not densely populated at all by UK standards remain more or less empty (as I shall soon see on flight to Gatwick on which I am writing this article).
The more we restrict building on the green belt, the more we remove the green lungs within urban areas as we densify and build higher. We are building eleven new tower blocks in Croydon whlist mainstream Surrey is more populated by golf courses than housing.
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