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Let's Build - why you can't afford a house,
This review is from: Let's Build!: Why We Need Five Million New Homes in the Next 10 Years (Paperback)
If you've ever wondered about crazy house-price inflation or why reasonably paid workers can't afford houses in the area, town or country, where they live and work,read Let's Build (it's also very readable and entertaining!) James Heartfield goes through all the reasons why we aren't building enough houses for people to live in, which, of course, also means rocketing prices. There's the planning regulations which are 30, if not 50 years old. There's the green-and-pleasant-land ideas of the planners, the architects and builders on government quangos and the civil servants and members of government also - many enjoy the Georgian- house- in- the- town- and- country- cottage lifestyle themselves. There's the old Town Bad, Country Good idea, even though towns are where 80% of us live. What do we need? 50 million homes in the next ten years,
Heartfield says. And says how it can be done, but first reason has to prevail among government officials, planners and architects. James Heartfield has stood up and said 'The Emperor has no clothes.' A good read for anybody and even more if you're struggling to buy in a booming market that always overtakes you, like in some bad dream where you can't quite catch the train - and perhaps if you're sitting in your house, wondering why you're getting rich on paper but wondering where your children are going to live.