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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4749631.stm

The flat pack house rears it head again on the bbc web site.

I know nothing about construction but what baffles me is, say 5 years ago, when a small 2 bed newbuild could be found for around £60k (and a lot less in my area) why is it so difficult to build affordable housing today? I know land prices may have increased but I can't believe materials and labour have also increased at the same rate. Seems to be the house builders aren't prepared to compromise on the fat profits they are (or should that now be, were) making.

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"why is it so difficult to build affordable housing today?"

Pure speculation - but maybe it's because they look at the profits on new-build flats. One area of land, eight storeys of loadsa flats @ 150K/piece in Manchester.

Single dwelling on one piece of land? Not interested.

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Lets look at the article closer:

"competition for developers to design and build houses for £60,000 - excluding the cost of land"

A terraced house costs 60k excluding the cost of the land!!!

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Zoning and the requirement to add "affordable" units given back to local

authorities fro political patronage purposes has alot to do with it.

NEW is much more expensive than it used to be, because of these extra requirements

Yes, but even htose are still at bloated prices.

Maybe the builders are just bloated and inefficient as well - lack of competition from companies from the rest of the world unlike in most other sectors.

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