The British Government is this week floating a new policy initiative to create affordable housing, with, for the first time for a Conservative government, an emphasis on renting rather than buying.
But all governments wishing to meet the demand for affordable homes could look to Germany and Vienna for inspiration, where developer competitions are delivering unprecedented results at scale by building communities, not just houses – and addressing social problems at the same time.
The scale of the problem
According to pollsters Ipsos Mori, voters now consider housing to be one of the six most important issues facing Britain today, just behind poverty and inequality. But without urgent and dramatic action, the government will not achieve its target to build one million new homes by 2020.(continues)
SOURCE: David Thorpe, “Housing: It’s not affordable housing we need to build but communities”, The Fifth Estate, 07 Feb 2017
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