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Housing: the mess we are in. Three articles from the FT today.


“MPs urge scrapping of tax on empty property”: Gordon Brown is coming under pressure from his own backbenchers to scrap a tax on empty property, which is blamed for the demolition of buildings that developers cannot sell. read more | digg story “Rents hit by surge in supply of homes”: Residential rents fell for the first time since April 2003 in the three months to October as the supply of properties to let surged, according to the latest survey from […]

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Government paid charity to produce eco-town ‘fact’ leaflets


Gordon Brown’s eco-towns scheme was embroiled in new controversy last night as a housing charity admitted it had been paid to produce information leaflets setting out the Government’s case. read more | digg story

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Why people loathe new housing developments


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This week’s Economist includes an article discussing the tension between people wanting to live in large houses with gardens, agreeing that more should be built, and people’s desire that these should be built far away. The housing at what was Royal Air Force Wroughton illustrates this tension and the unpleasant conseqences of planning rules. I stopped by to take these photos this morning.

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