CBI and BCC shed light on the drive for ‘aspirational’ housing on green fields

greenfield site 4

This – replaced by . . .

acorns housing

this . . .

There is no evidence that people able to buy a home are sleeping in their friends’ living rooms because of the lack of suitable housing – but plenty that people on lower incomes are languishing on council housing registers.

It has been puzzling that many councils ignore the needs of the latter and of the brownfield sites in need of development, continuing to inflict unwanted ‘aspirational’ housing on green fields and floodprone areas.

Is developers’ greed the sole driver?

Previously these undesirable developments were thought to be due to cosy political-corporate relationships but Katja Hall, the CBI deputy director-general, has offered a commercial imperative.

In the Financial Times she said that addressing the housing shortage should be a priority, describing it as a key business with “huge implications” for competitiveness as the high cost of moving home and lack of affordable housing are barriers to attracting and retaining employees.

An election manifesto on behalf of  . . .

The CBI employers’ organisation and British Chambers of Commerce have just published election manifestos suggesting that politicians must be bolder:

  • building on what is termed “low quality” greenbelt land,
  • committing to creating ten more towns or garden cities
  • and reforming stamp duty, to bring down purchase costs

Should the average person be forced to see their environment deteriorate  in order to enable the ‘upwardly mobile’ to have temporary accommodation pending a better career move?

Posted on September 8, 2014, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Local government, Planning, Vested interests and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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