Lack of housing has been a problem that has plagued us for over 40 years. We have not really got our policies right since the war and there is a whole raft of reasons why we are in the present predicament. What is needed is a fresh start, a clean slate and a concerted effort from all involved to pull together - this includes government, designers, developers and building regulators.
Those that are struggling to get onto the housing ladder are the biggest losers with one of the prime issues being that of diversity of choice in the marketplace.
The most obvious points to raise are that of trying to create a larger mix of housing that is adaptable, to the changing needs of the population. To reconsider where all the building should take place, to reuse/readapt existing stock, to be more innovative in our material choice and add technology to the mix. We need to combine all of this with a smattering of imagination and realism – absolute ownership may not be the solution and bringing living back to the centre of our great cities should be a given.
We need our building stock to be well insulated, well built and durable.
We need a housing czar!