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The government has set a target of 200,000 new homes to be built per year - but we are nowhere near that. How do we solve the crisis?

In order to solve the UK housing crisis, the Government has set a target of building one million new homes by the end of the parliament in 2020 – or 200,000 every year. Most analysts say that at least 250,000 houses need to be built every year just to keep up with the growth in the population. Last year, only around 160,000 homes were completed, however. How can the UK hit the Government’s figure and, preferably, overshoot it? We asked some housing, construction and regeneration experts for their thoughts.

Telegraph article here...

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There is no real shortage if you look at all the empty properties even in London. If all those new flats bought by investors and left empty were used to actually house people there would be plenty.

Where I live there are several empty properties which are perfectly habitable......some are BTL but haven't had tenants ao are more like BTleave. One is a second home and the owner turns up occasionally just to check it over. This is a small complex of newish properties in a market town in the south of England. There are probably many places like this.

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Good to see they get the opinion of millionaieres and boomers who have done very well out of HPI.

Thought Paul Cheshire was doing well in his analysis about planning until he came up with this.

We need to give a proper incentive to local communities to accommodate new housing: a 20pc fee on the final price of all housing should go directly to the local authority.

Its 20% the buyer pays to fund grotesque local authority wages and pensions.

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