This is a really interesting peice, pointing out that the housing problem is not so much a shortage of land, but more that the government is not treating it as urgent. It makes the good point that whilst we may put aside large chunks of land for golf courses and similar, we argue at length about where to put even small numbers of houses.
“Some of it's inertia. Some of it's the sense that housing is a private good, not something susceptible to government intervention. Some of it's about protecting your own space: if you're an owner occupier, your personal advantage is retained by not losing your view and by seeing house prices sustained.” And some of it, Orr says, is simply hysteria, about protecting green space, whatever the cost...Build six homes in every village in Britain, Orr says, and you would “basically solve the rural housing crisis. ...But I don't want our villages to be just be the homes of very old, very wealthy people. I want them to be real, dynamic living places, and if you don't build the homes for people who grew up there, you're not going to get that.”