We have the land. What we don’t have is the planning

Local authority bosses and planners remain a hindrance to the proper development needed to solve the housing crisis

Ministers with responsibility for housing will come and go, but local authority bosses and planners remain in place until they retire – no matter how responsible they were for the property crash we experienced and the latest crisis that we are living through.

Last week’s census highlighted the failure of planning to accommodate the population’s needs. Emigration has been far lower than believed since 2011 and the numbers of people in their 20s ...