Commenting on expectations that George Osborne will outline plans to encourage housing development in his Mansion House speech, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs said:
“George Osborne’s plans to make development on derelict land easier are a wholly inadequate attempt to improve the deteriorating affordability of the UK housing market.
“Less than a third of brownfield areas are in regions where housing demand is highest, namely London and the South East. These proposals show that politicians continue to turn a blind eye to mounting evidence that inflexible planning restrictions on greenfield and green belt sites in these areas are a key driver of house price rises.
“While these small steps will help at the margin in addressing a severe shortage of housing, radical reform of the planning system is required if the government are to ease spiralling house prices. This will require substantial development of both brownfield and greenfield sites”.
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