In 2016, a House of Lords economic affairs committee recommended the building of 300,000 homes a year – the minimum annual amount required to meet demand in England and stem the inordinate surge in house prices. Using traditional building methods, accomplishing this task would be no mean feat. In the post-Brexit era, assuming freedom of movement is significantly curtailed, the construction industry may struggle to attract workers with the necessary skills to increase the rate of building to the levels required. And in addition, productivity growth in the building sector has flat-lined for decades while growing in other sectors and across the economy as a whole. Fulfilling Britain’s housing needs therefore requires urgent action and a radical approach that looks at new ways to work towards the 300,000 homes a year target.
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