Bell on ... belated solutions for a persistent housing shortfall

Three cheers for deputy prime minister John Prescott. The approval of a major extension of Stevenage may be late in coming but it is no less welcome. As director of the Town and Country Planning Association I did the rounds in 1998 promoting The People: Where Will They Go? edited by Michael Breheny and Peter Hall. Despite a prediction of four million new households and a huge gap between supply and demand, I recall one reporter making no effort to hide his disdain at the book's urgent call for action.

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