This afterword argues that if ministers really want to get houses built, they have the power to make it happen. However, obsessing about numbers alone is a bad mistake. The country will not get the new houses it needs by privileging numbers over everything else. Indeed, another argument in this book is that the countryside matters. As well as a housing crisis, the country has a host of related rural and environmental woes. The country needs to think hard about the location of new homes and build them in ways that foster nature and help address climate change. A serious push to ensure that all new homes are zero carbon and energy efficient will have significant social, economic, and environmental benefits.
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