Sunak and Khan’s brittle housing debate
Andy Mayer quoted by The Scottish Daily Express
Kristian Niemietz writes for The TImes
“If we had a more market-based planning system, there would be no need for housing targets, for the same reason that there is no need for brewing targets or baking targets.
“But in a system that gives so much veto power to professional obstructionists (in a country full of them), mandatory housing targets were a necessary corrective.
“Today, there is not a single London borough left where the average house price is less than ten times the annual gross salary, and there are a dozen boroughs where that ratio is more than 15. Khan’s housebuilding figures are a bit better than those of his predecessors Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone, but they are nowhere near enough to reverse that trend.”
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