We are, quite simply, living in the past. The current planning system is incompatible with tackling the housing crisis – one of the most pressing social policy problems of our age, particularly in a place like the Thames Valley. Our housing shortage is acute and requires intervention from politicians with passion and verve. Be clear, this is a crisis – and it needs a generation of leaders willing to command public opinion, not just react to opinion polls.
As I’ve been shouting over at the ASI for some years now the only viable solution I see is the simple blowing up of the whole system. Repeal the Town and Country Planning Act(s) and return to the free for all of the 1930s.