The housing shortage: a middle class problem too

21 November 2015 Residential

Lord Taylor is past chair of the National Housing Federation and led the government’s planning practice guidance review.

Immediately after the election I heard the prime minister was telling his MPs that there had been a huge change in public attitudes to the need for new homes. The housing crisis had become one of the top five most important issues in the election for the general public – and most important in London.

But the view was that “while people do want more affordable housing, what they mean is affordable to buy”.

He is right about the polling data. In 2010, housing barely registered as an issue, languishing around 20th place in electors’ order of priorities. To be in the top five by 2015really is a sea change, and the reasons are not hard to follow.

That the poorest can’t afford to buy a home and often languish on long council waiting lists doesn’t really affect many voters. What does affect them is when it is their own children and grandchildren who cannot afford to fly the nest

You need to be a subscriber to Estates Gazette to access this article in full.

Subscribe now and get your first 4 issues for £1

Subscribe now for £1

Print & Digital

  • Print magazine – Delivered direct to you every Saturday
  • Digital edition – Emailed directly to you every Friday morning
  • iPad edition – Available for you to download every Thursday evening
Subscribe now for £1

Digital

  • Digital edition – Emailed directly to you every Friday morning
  • iPad edition – Available for you to download every Thursday evening

New
Estates Gazette
App now available

Find out more
App launch sponsored by BNP Paribas Real Estate

Vital market intelligence every week

Estates Gazette subscribers benefit from vital market intelligence that allows them to find new opportunities and make informed business decisions.

Take advantage of our introductory offer.
Try 4 issues for £1.

Subscribe

Available in Print,
Digital and iPad

There are three ways to access
Estates Gazette

Find out more