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To what extent and why is the demand for housing in Britain growing?

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a) To what extent and why is the demand for housing in Britain growing? b) Imagine a builder proposed to built thousands of new homes on the green land around your nearest city. Suggest why this might need to be limited and outline possible alternatives. a) In Britain the demand for housing is growing rapidly and over time there will be no space for new homes to be built in urban areas. The increasing demand for the housing in Britain is mainly due to the extensive growth of the population in the country. From the trend of counter urbanisation more people want to build their homes in the countryside. There are several factors, from the growth of single-person households to the rising number of divorced couples, but one of the biggest is increasing housing pressure on the southeast. Although this area covers just 16% of Britain, it is home to more than a third of the population, and the number of people there is growing. ...read more.


The extent of the demand for housing is Britain needs to build 60% more houses a year for the next 14 years if the country is to avoid a housing crisis. If the pace of building is not raised, says the social research charity, there will be a gap of 1.1m homes within 20 years. The government wants to see 60% of new homes built on recycled Brownfield land. Even if that target is met. 84,000 homes a year will still have to be built on Greenfield sites to satisfy demand. Two-thirds of the total number of new homes will have to be built in the southeast. An economic and social crisis is possible. Homelessness and overcrowding will rise if demand for housing cannot be met. Prices will rocket, pushing key workers such as nurses and teachers still further out of the housing market, and probably pricing them out of the southeast. There will still be continuing problems of low demand for housing in parts of the north and Midlands. ...read more.


It is better to use the Brownfield sites, as they are usually closer to the CBD therefore the appeal to younger people, that fall into the group of high earners, may be more attracted to the area. They will also have a higher money threshold so money will not be an object to them. This would also relieve congestion on the roads and transport infrastructure generally. Many of the younger generations will want to be in an environment of nightlife, entertainment and places to go out at night and socialise and building on these Brownfield sites would be more suited to them. It is also easier to gain planning permission for a Brownfield site rather than the Greenfield sites as they have already been built on previously. Eventually the Greenfield sites will have to be used as the Brownfield sites will have all been used up. There could some of the Greenfield sites used so that the greenbelt is slightly made smaller but so there is still some rural land. ...read more.

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