In its latest study into the UK’s ‘broken’ housing system, charity Shelter announced the worrying news that despite huge demand, only 6,644 social rent homes were delivered in 2019-20 – a decrease of more than 83% since 2010.
It has repeatedly been said that the UK’s planning system is not fit for purpose. Some have even suggested it is ‘broken’. I would go further and say it is actively counterproductive to its purpose. But I believe the problem could be easily fixed.