Housing expert finds homes supply "worse than when records began"

08 April 2005
An expert on housing has expressed concerns about the current housing supply in the south east of England.

Gideon Amos, director of the Town and Country Planners' Association (TCPA), a housing and sustainable development campaign group, suggested that we shall soon be seeing fewer homes built than at any time "since records began."

Chairing a national housing conference in London, Mr Amos accused politicians of failing to address "the crisis of housing shortages" and instead allowing the number of new homes constructed to dwindle to all-time low levels.

"Ironically, instead of facing up to the tough issue of the need for more homes, politicians in the south east have actually opted to cut plans for new housing still further," Mr Amos stated.

"More problematic still, election fever has now gripped the debate and too many politicians are running away from the challenge presented by the housing crisis."

The TCPA director cited proposals in the south east of England for a cut in the number of homes to be built in the region from the 34,500 planned four years ago to about 25,500.

According to Mr Amos, such figures suggest that levels of new housing in the region will plummet to their lowest point since records began before the First World War.

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