Housing Minister Writes to Castlepoint over Local Plan Scrapping – Naughty Boys do it again

The mildest possible non-rebuke compared to what he could have done – simply asking them to do a new local pln timetable – to an authority already in special measures. This will signal to every authority with frit spineless cowardly members they can not do local plans and not upset the nimbys and hence have a quiet life enlesslessly kicking teh can down the road. Also ouragiously it support the Dorset position – its ok to use the excuse of a new Bill which changes little in terms of local plan production to set back timetables by three years at least – a disgrace.

Neil O’ Brien MP @NeilDotObrien demolishes Ian Mulheirn @ianmulheirn on the Need to increase Housing Supply


An Argument made on this blog for nearly 10 years – indeed articles from here on household formation have had quotes lifted by ministers.

Note Ian was the fake Nimby guru who caught the ear of Nimby Mps who caught the ear of the disastrous era for housing, Gove and Boris; that meeting national housing targets post Amersham doesn’t matter, just boost sub-prime debt instead. So this is a sideswipe at the last era too from a former housing minister. Other suggestions in the article are a bad defense of failed policies on his watch; like the urban uplift (the Greenbelt eating uplift as it should be known) and failure to strategically plan for housing needs not met in constrained areas, as for making all of labour London adopt Croydon policies – how did that work out hmmmm? And abandoning affordable housing (seemingly seen as occupied by nasty oiks from elsewhere – perpetuating the NIMBY stereotype) in the infrastructure levy – which would then be used to reduce general taxation funding general taxation for reduction and the NHS, is that the secret plan? Note education and NHS contributions are formula based so increasing them would just displace general taxation (Liz cackles – let developers fund tax cuts and those in need of affordable housing can rot forever in their damp overcrowded B&Bs).

Some people argue that the laws of supply and demand don’t apply to housing.

It’s not true.

They say the ratio of households to homes hasn’t worsened. That ignores the huge number of households that don’t form in the first place because of housing costs. You can see that in the way people cram together, with rising household sizes in expensive cities. You can see growing numbers of young adults unable to leave home: numbers aged 20 to 34 years living with parents rose from 2.4 million in 1999 to 3.5 million in 2019. The proportion of young men aged 22-26 living with parents jumped from 39 per cent in 2008 to 49 per cent by 2019 and 51 per cent last year. No wonder young people are having fewer kids.

Around 600,000 households were prevented from forming over the last decade. Saying there’s no shortage of housing based on the ratio of households to houses is like claiming during a famine that there’s no problem – because the ‘ratio of food consumed to food available’ hasn’t changed.