Housing needs radical solutions like never before. Tony Hutchinson has some ideas. Reading the Housing White Paper I was reminded of the Johnny Cash song where the auto worker builds his Cadillac one piece at a time. Needless to say the result is a disappointment. The White Paper was similarly assembled with care from old policy announcements. At a time of when there is need for a positive and innovative approach to delivering more homes the White Paper was essentially a compilation of bits and pieces, all of which we have heard before and as such do not respond in any sense to the housing catastrophe we all face. In the 45 years I have been active in housing I do not recall a time when there was such anticipation that a radical solution to housing supply, housing affordability and housing quality was politically possible. The classic ground for public sector … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Tony Hutchinson
Tony Hutchinson is a housing consultant. He has worked for the Housing Corporation, in senior management for housing providers and has led area based renewal programmes and major capital programmes with recent examples including Streatham Hub, Watford Health Campus, The Avenue near Chesterfield and Townhill Park Southampton.