Madelin: If MPs were serious about housing crisis Cobra would meet tomorrow

Roger Madelin

British Land chief calls for fresh wave of new towns

The man who built King’s Cross has urged the government to build a fresh generation of new towns as the only serious way to solve the housing crisis.

Roger Madelin, who is now leading the development of Canada Water for British Land, said the government should buy up hundreds of hectares of agricultural land and build carefully planned settlements with proper social and physical infrastructure.

He the last time a housing crisis was responded to effectively was 1947 when the new town movement began.

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