Published: 18th May 2020

Can we solve the housing crisis and protect air quality at the same time? Jamie Hailstone reports. If there is one subject that politicians of all persuasions can agree on, it’s that there is a shortage of housing in this country. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was one of the biggest issues on the agenda in Westminster with ministers promising to take action and build more homes. In March, housing secretary Robert Jenrick announced proposals to ‘get the country building’ in order to deliver 300,000 homes a year and in January, the-then housing minister, Esther McVey, said £6m will be allocated to help new locally-led garden towns and villages build up to 200,000 new homes. The scale of the issue was also highlighted by the Chartered Institute of Housing’s 2020, which warned that the UK needs a10-year investment programme of more than £12bn a year to deliver 145,000 new homes … (To read the full article, subscribe below)