They are an effective way of meeting genuine local need whilst respecting the unique character of our towns and villages.
The fifth part of a ConHome series this week on housing and planning in the wake of the Queen’s Speech.
“We need more homes, in the right places, at the right time, and I don’t really care who builds them or who owns them”, says Ben Everitt.
We need a thriving construction workforce. A shortage of skilled workers has been exacerbated by foreign-born workers returning home.
Re-shoring energy production and re-opening quarries and mines can offer national prosperity, strategic security, and meaningful work.
We should embrace the opportunity Brexit affords to overhaul our approach towards agricultural subsidies, re-wilding, and pesticide control.
How can ministers claim to be ‘levelling up’ the country when they are slashing targets for the North and Midlands in favour of the overcrowded South?
Instead of giving developers free licence to ruin communities, it should give local government the power to force them to build where they already can.
New NHS hospitals do not need to be ugly. It is for the good of patients, hospital staff, and civil society, that they should be attractive buildings.
A new approach has allowed building work to take place offsite, leading to gains in productivity and creating long-term, well-paid jobs.