Couldn't agree more. CPRE obfuscation ignores real need for more homes otherwise the market will respond by converting existing owned stock to private rent and HMO's. Not a desirable future...
Comment on: Demanding supply
Colin always writes well, but I'm always uneasy with snappy conclusions...it's always more complex than 'new supply is the problem'.
As ever, new supply gets focussed on, but existing supply and demand often get limited analysis.
Existing supply is going through seismic shifts in some places (see what happens in inner London - more HMO's, sharers etc) as new households/the market make the best of whats there already.
Demand, too, is often misunderstood and is often wrapped up in over-aspiration rather than pragmatism. What people want and what people settle for is often very different (however unpalatable that may be).
New supply is, as ever, a problem, but has always been too low in recent times that it's (being brave here) now playing an increasingly minor role in resolving the national housing 'crisis'. Sort of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern...
Let's call it as we see it even if it hurts - new supply hasn't and cannot meet demand; so both demand has to change and existing supply adapt if our housing stock is to meet our future requirements?
As for re-nationalising anything, well, when was the last time any government (local or national) was a real player in terms of interventions in the housing market?
Anyway, thanks Colin, keep going...
Comment on: Associations spend £500m on community work
This is all wonderful stuff but I often wonder at the evidence that underpins the 'what/where/when' of this type of investment - is it scattergun or does it have strategic focus?
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Posted in: The rise of the private rented sector
Check the rise of HMO's, other sub division of houses/flats, overcrowding etc - the evidence is out there; the existing stock is just being stretched further!