Nimbys blamed for spiralling house prices

15 October 2004
People objecting to planning applications in their local area have been blamed for the spiralling cost of house prices in the UK.

According to the National Housing Federation (NHF) the not in my back yard (nimby) attitude is hindering efforts to solve Britain's housing crisis.

A lack of available houses cited as one of the principal reasons house prices have risen for so long even in the face of persistent rumours of a property market crash.

The NHF claims the UK requires a minimum of 83,500 new affordable houses each year to handle the current level of demand. In response to this the organisation has called on government to push through reforms to the Planning Policy Guidance 3 (PPG3).

"The affordable housing sector will continue to fight against those who fight against those who keep homes away from those who most need them," said NHF chief executive Jim Coulter.

But he believes changes "produce the mixed, sustainable communities that Britain needs".
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