18 OCT 2017

London's housing crisis can be solved by 'reining in middle class nimbys', report says - Evening Standard

"London's housing crisis can only be solved by a radical overhaul of the "deeply flawed" planning system to rein in selfish middle class "Nimbys," a provocative new report argues today.

In comments that will anger conservation and resident bodies, former City of London Corporation supremo Sir Mark Boleat said current rules "give far too much weight to articulate groups who make a lot of noise" and not enough weight to young "have-nots" who are priced off the housing ladder.

Sir Mark, who chairs The Housing & Finance Institute, founded to boost house building, said knee-jerk opposition to development, rather than wealthy foreign investors, was the real reason for London's chronic shortage of homes."

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