Unaffordable Housing: Fables and Myths
Investigating Britain's Housing Shortage
Author: Alan W. Evans and Oliver Marc Hartwich |
Fables and Myths
Pamphlet of the Year 2005 – Think Tank of the Year Awards 2005
Our planning system set out to predict and provide the housing we need, but as the flaws in the socialist model of provision became obvious it evolved to become a system that constrained development in order to protect the countryside. This has significant costs ? we now live in some of the oldest, pokiest and most expensive housing in the developed world. A number of arguments are presented to support this situation, but these can be shown to be false. Our next report will look at how other countries succeed, and fail, to provide better and more affordable housing. In our final report we will offer our recommendations for reform, which we hope will enable the British to at long last enjoy the quality of housing they desire.