Manchester and its housing


Housing hit the news headlines again with a report from the Resolution Foundation. This pointed out the fall in owner-occupation across England.

Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years as the growing gap between earnings and property prices has created a housing crisis that extends beyond London to cities including Manchester.
The struggle to get on the housing ladder is not just a feature of the London property market, according to a new report by the Resolution Foundation thinktank, with Greater Manchester seeing as big a slump in ownership since its peak in the early 2000s as parts of the capital, and cities in Yorkshire and the West Midlands also seeing sharp drops.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/02/home-ownership-in-england-at-lowest-level-in-30-years-as-housing-crisis-grows

As usual the refrain was BUILD MORE HOUSES! Thats the stop gap answer. The problem it is alleged is a lack of supply. Planners preventing houses being built – really where? In the real world planning does not prevent house building.

But what about demand? Since 2001, Manchester has seen its population rise by 25%, Greater Manchester by 10%.

And then commentators wonder why there is a housing problem!

An essential part of the answer is to plan for a steady state population not for an ever-expanding population!

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