I was reflecting on my last blog “Bungalow Wild Goose Chase” and wondered what would happen if we turned everything on its head and did what the customers want e.g. build bungalows everywhere?
One of the arguments against building bungalows is that they take up too much land, often in the Green Belt. The reality is that there is lots of land lying fallow. We are even subsidising some farmers to keep it unused to encourage more habitat for wildlife. How about if we put the needs of older people ahead of the birds and bees.
We would have to loosen the Green Belt around our cities and towns, but there again, you often have to let out a notch or two on your belt as you get older.
Planners would have to undo lots of the restrictions they have built up over the years. Rather than stopping development, they should be encouraging it, if we are going to solve our housing shortage.
Factory built homes could be quickly dropped down on green fields requiring minimal extensions to infrastructure. No new schools, nor new shopping centres. Maybe just a corner shop and a village hall.
The land value problem would be overcome if farmers were only paid a slight uplift on the agricultural value of their land. No doubt there would be opposition to this, but it is only how it used to be before planners and Governments interfered.