Yet you risk driving a new and unnecessary wedge between meeting social and environmental objectives. The shortage of social housing is due to lack of funds, not land on which to build. Local planning authorities have earmarked land for hundreds of thousands of new homes. The problem is that housing associations and councils do not have the resources to provide the social housing which is needed and cannot protect this land from being swallowed up for market housing.
Town and country, people and the environment, would all benefit from a different approach which provides the homes we need in ways that improve the quality of urban life and protect our rural areas for everyone to enjoy.
Assistant Director (Policy)
Council for the Protection of Rural England
London SW1Reuse content