Sue Riddlestone, OBE, chief executive and co-founder of Bioregional discusses why we need a housing strategy re-think to ensure that government’s building target 300,000 homes will lead to healthier, happier lives. The UK government has pledged to build 300,000 homes a year until the mid-2020s in a bid to tackle the housing crisis. On the face of it, this is encouraging talk – however the current build, build, build mantra is concerning because it leaves little space for planning strategically and building homes in a sustainable way. In the UK, about half of our carbon emissions are related to how and where we build our homes. Approximately 27% of these are from heating our homes, and the rest from travel emissions. That’s why – in light of the Paris Agreement where all nations agreed that the whole world needs to be zero carbon by 2050, and the global commitment to the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Sue Riddlestone

Chief executive and co-founder of Bioregional