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Hold your houses

John Hughman

Hold your houses

Each morning I pass a piece of land by my station. Two years ago, the former occupant of the site, a notoriously malodorous dairy, closed its doors; the site has since been cleared and planning permission obtained for 145 homes – which means construction could start immediately. Yet the plot has struggled to attract a buyer – strange, perhaps, for a site with good transport connections into London from a district that has committed to build 10,000 homes under its local plan, and – as a quick check on the internet reveals – with few similarly sized development opportunities for miles around.

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