Also, unreliable public transport, together with increasing social and financial costs of car use, may lead to greater demand for urban living, as evidenced by the conversion of redundant commercial buildings in many city centres.
There should certainly be a review of VAT to encourage the better use of our urban fabric to meet housing need. It should cover not only construction costs but also those of associated architectural services, so that imaginative solutions can be encouraged.
Vice President Practice, Royal Institute of British Architects
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