“On planning reform, the government is making the right noises. But we have heard this too many times before and, so far, attempts have always ended with a capitulation to NIMBY interests.
“We will not solve this problem unless the government is prepared to take on the NIMBYs in the way Margaret Thatcher took on the striking miners.
“Britain’s housing supply falls far short of what we see in comparable countries, and the problem is particularly dire in those parts of the UK where housing demand is highest.
“Building houses is not rocket science. Most of the world somehow manages to do so, and indeed, previous Britons managed to do so as well. We needlessly deprive ourselves of affordable high-quality housing in the right places because we allow a small number of well-housed, time-rich, anti-housing activists (masquerading as “the community”) to shut down every development project they don’t like.
“We need a more rules-based system, where developers that play by the rules automatically get planning permission, without having to haggle with every troublemaker and every obstructionist over every plot.”
Notes to Editors
Contact: Emily Carver, Head of Media, 07715942731
For further IEA reading on fixing the housing crisis:
The Housing Crisis: A briefing, by Dr Kristian Niemietz
Raising the Roof: How to solve the United Kingdom’s housing crisis, by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and IEA Fellow Radomir Tylecote