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Why build on the countryside when there are 850,000 empty properties in Britain?

January 4, 2013

This government has stated that it wants to open up our countryside to speculative developers as a way of curing the housing crisis.

Yet according to their own figures (BBC News yesterday) there are 850,000 properties standing empty in Britain.

Would it not make sense to make these available as social housing and affordable homes?

Renovation would provide thousands of local jobs for small building firms.

Or is it that a few building company empires, who fund political parties, want a cartel for speculative housing estates so that development is totally under their control?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2013 8:20 am

    We were actually just discussing this at work yesterday co-incidentally… we came to the conclusion that, not only could they give over these empty homes to the unemployed but they could also have them do them up themselves, thereby getting skills which will enable them to get jobs!

  2. January 5, 2013 1:15 pm

    Good post. And comment. Giroscope have been doing this since 1985. I remember meeting some people from there at a Radical Routes get together in the 80s and being very impressed.

    http://www.giroscope.co.uk/

    http://www.radicalroutes.org.uk/

    A few far-sighted people have been working at good ideas like this for decades, but the mainstream never seems to take any of it on board and just goes blundering on with business-as-usual.

  3. January 6, 2013 4:35 pm

    For all their over-expensive educations too many politicians never think beyond the box – or don’t want to.

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