Housing crisis 'at heart of national nervous breakdown'

A claim that the housing crisis "is at the heart of our national nervous breakdown" over Brexit features in today's newspaper round-up.

Guardian columnist John Harris says that "if we built the houses we needed, the anxieties and fears that motivated the Brexit vote would at last recede". He writes: "Homes remain the best measure of our national progress, or lack of it: we will know we are living in better times when such things are not thought of as magical, but thoroughly ordinary."

An article in The Telegraph reports on a study suggesting that "parts of the UK are ageing twice as fast as other areas of the country, showing how the UK is ‘growing apart’". The paper says that "research by the Resolution Foundation shows that Maldon in Essex, Copeland in Cumbria and Richmondshire in Yorkshire are ageing twice as fast as the rest of the UK, while areas such as Nottingham and Oxford are growing younger."

The Times (subscription) reports that a fracking company is offering "goodwill payments" to people who say their homes were damaged by an earthquake that it caused. The paper says that "Cuadrilla Resources has not disclosed the number or size of the payments but several residents near Blackpool have reported receiving offers of up to £700."

Another article in The Times says that "a skyscraper with algae walls and floating flat-pack houses that rise above a flood are some of the more unusual designs being proposed by architects in response to climate change". The paper says that six "eco-friendly concepts" are up for the future project of the year award at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam in December.


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