He [Kevin McCloud] finds it “iniquitous and hugely corrosive” that land values in the UK are so high because companies hoard land and drip-feed it into the market.
“What’s really needed is a complete radical state-controlled distribution of land and a removal of land profit from the equation.
That sounds nuts and Stalinistic, but it’s exactly what happens in Germany,” he says.
“Since the war, our planning system unwittingly has worked in cahoots with capitalism to create an unsustainable development economy.”
We’re “pretty much”, he says, the only country in the world to have so few major construction companies dominating the market. And they build the most cramped houses in Europe.
“If you’re a housebuilder, the only way you can make some money and sell a house people can afford is to build really small ones. It’s awful.”
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