As well as launching Land for Housing, the report from a JRF Inquiry, the conference is debating Britain’s housing in 2022, the first in a series of working papers examining the long-term measures needed to tackle social disadvantage. Both warn that the impending housing crisis will hit hardest in London and the South. Although these regions contribute 70 per cent of the rising demand for new homes, only 50 per cent of new homes are currently being built there. By contrast, in the Midlands and the North, there are growing problems of low demand in some areas, and of empty and abandoned property.
The reports highlight the challenges to ministers, planners, housebuilders and housing associations that arise from the pressing need to tackle housing shortages in the South and to achieve an ‘urban renaissance’ in the Midlands and North. They warn that unless concerted action is taken, areas of high demand for housing will see increased homelessness and a crisis in pub
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