In this accessible and passionately argued book, Bob Colenutt goes to the roots of the long-term crisis in housing and planning in the UK.
Providing a much-needed, in-depth critique of the nexus of power of landowners, house builders, financial backers and politicians that makes up the property lobby, this radical book reveals how this complex, self-serving and intimidating network perpetuates a cycle of low supply, high prices and poor building which has resulted in one of the biggest social and economic challenges of our time. With radical ideas for solutions, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in housing, planning and social justice.
“The perfect guide, taking us through the complex and unforgiving realities of the contemporary housing market, exploring how the same interests always seem to win, even as the supply of genuinely affordable housing remains stubbornly inadequate.” Allan Cochrane, The Open University
“The housing crisis stems from a new and unholy alliance of financial, developer and land-owning interests which this timely book uncovers and promises to fix as a central part of fixing the economy and society.” Michael Edwards, University College London
Bob Colenutt is an activist and commentator on housing and planning, and a part-time Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.
Introduction: the finance-housebuilding complex;
The housing shortage;
The housebuilding business;
Financing housing investment;
The property lobby;
Property lobby case studies;
The 2008 financial crash continues;
The housebuilders and affordable housing;
How the coail and affordable housing sector got swallowed;
Local case studies;
Unblocking the impasse;