Support For British Homebuilding Is Coming At A Cost

Support For British Homebuilding Is Coming At A Cost
Daniel Johnston

3 months ago2 mins

What’s going on here?

The UK government’s found a way to support its struggling homebuilding sector, and all it had to do was sacrifice the country’s clean water and environmental future.

What does this mean?

British builders don’t have much incentive to make houses these days, with het-up mortgage rates putting potential buyers off the idea of settling down. That’s only made England’s housing crisis worse: the country’s building the fewest new homes a year since the 1920s, falling way behind government targets. But luckily, it turns out there’s one arbitrary, unimportant blocker we could toss out: environmental protection. An organization representing developers said earlier this year that rules to protect Britain’s waterways are stopping thousands of homes from being built. Now the government’s reportedly planning to scrap the initiative, originally inherited from the European Union, in an apparent sign of agreement that no greater good should get in the way of human right to lounge on an L-shaped couch with a premium countryside view.

UK house prices fall

Why should I care?

The bigger picture: Mother Nature, we barely knew ye.

It’s true, the move will probably lead to tons of pollutants flooding Britain’s rivers, a possibly catastrophic long-term environmental issue. But with the potential of a little leg-up in the homebuilding sector on the line, the government clearly only had one option. Remember, too, that it backed out of plans to make landlords insulate their energy-leaking homes, and you might question the country’s green agenda. But with the public split on initiatives like London becoming the world’s biggest low-emission zone, politicians are realizing they can swap environmental good deeds for something far more important: votes.

Zooming out: Everything’s fine and dandy.

The government throwing environmental protection rules out the window is reportedly set to be pitched as one of the benefits of Brexit-induced freedom from the European Union. You know, that covetable list: the loss of hundreds of thousands of vital workers, lethargic international trade, and disappearing foreign investment.



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