Don’t blame Nimbys for the housing crisis

YouGov polling reveals that 69% would support an increase in the proportion of affordable homes being built, but only 15% are opposed.

Ant Breach, of think tank Centre for Cities argues that “Housing has got to the point now where it isn’t just a housing issue, it’s a massive drag on the state and public services. Poor quality of housing stock affects people’s health and weighs on the NHS, while high house prices eat into disposable income and push up public sector pay.” more

Rosie Pearson, co-founder of the Community Planning Alliance, has written an Opinion Piece published in the Daily Telegraph on 2nd November.

"The use of the word Nimby is a distraction tactic. It prevents a serious discussion of the housing crisis and its true causes. But it makes an easy headline, and it suits developers and the Government."

"Who benefits from high targets? Developers. And developers do not have any interest in helping those who face a real housing crisis – those 1.5m people stuck on council house waiting lists." Pearson points out that there are 1.5m more dwellings than households.

"Homes sit empty, they are sold to foreign investors, they are put on Airbnb and taken out of the local market." Blame the Nimbys

"A recent report by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence found that the major housebuilders operated a “margins over volume” strategy – in other words they prioritise profits over the number of houses built.  

They are also assisted by the Government through mortgage support schemes such as Help to Buy and renegotiation of their development obligations."

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