As I was doing my (almost) daily 2-mile walk during this Easter Holiday, I noticed the luscious green fields that I walked past every day has become a construction site. Vast areas of green were disappearing, making way for new homes. It made me quite emotional, not in an angry way but I was so used to seeing the green scenery and was not ready for this sudden change.
Hence, I started to wonder when do we start preparing for the future? Until all the green lands disappear? Should we start building vertically? It truly is a difficult question, as globally cities are increasing with high density, such as cities like Tokyo and London. The UK is experiencing housing crisis not just for the new density but also for the homeless; rough sleepers.
- Greater responsibility, for local authorities and developers.
- Maximising the use of land, such as brownfield and redundant lands.
- Maintaining strong protections for the environment.
- Ensuring the right homes are built.
- Higher quality design.
More transparent planning processes.
In conclusion, it is a great to see the government stepping in to revise ways to push out more housing for future densities. But it would also be great to see a more creative flare and collaborative processes and view these conceptual designs, as an important role to play for the future.
Let me know what you think!