Where Will We Live (Part 3)

House building, which is largely done by the private sector, is in a long-term decline. In 2016 around 170,000 houses were built. This is down from a peak between 1965-1970 during Harold Wilson Labour administration, where around 300,000 to 350,000 houses were being built each year. Several factors have been alluded to detailing why this might potentially be the case. In 2017 a report by the estate agent Knight Frank identified the planning system as “one of the biggest hurdles to development”. It stated that “The imbalance between the demand and supply of housing is why housebuilding has risen so...