60 Seconds: New Year, Old Crisis



New Year, Old Crisis


Welcome to 2018 and may it be a happy, prosperous and crisis-free for you and your kith and kin.

That may be rather difficult what with the NHS crisis, the weather crisis, Mr Trump with his big button…and then, of course, there is the housing crisis.

But what is a crisis? One definition from the Oxford Dictionary is: a time when a difficult or important decision must be made.

Old-CrisisBut is the housing crisis really a crisis, which, by definition is a ‘moment in time’ usually leading to some catastrophe.

When I came to the UK in 1974 (I was only eight – joke), There was a housing crisis so it not a moment time.

As I keep on saying, the thorny issue – which no one will grasp – is land or the lack of it.

According to a press release by the polling giant Ipsos/Mori, only 0.1% of the land in the UK is built on. (Now you all know my scepticism of opinion polls and their inaccuracies. Look to Brexit and Trump where the pollsters got it wrong. Not to mention Mrs May wittering away a majority for a minority government on the say-so of opinion pollsters.

Now there are lies, damn lies and statistics, with which you can prove anything.

Using the same data from the Cover Land Inventory (you guessed it – it is an EU initiative), the BBC reported the following statistics:

Farmland – 56.7%
Natural: — 34.9%
Green urban – 2.5%
Built on – 5.9%
(source: BBC)

Now this a long way north of 0.1%. But what do people who live in the UK think? According to IPSOS/Mori’s new survey, the average estimate of built-up land from respondees was a whopping 47%.

I know that if you live in the London or the South-East, it can sometimes feel like that.

So the land issue – on statistics should not cause a crisis, so there should be no housing crisis.

Nor is the NHS a crisis – it’s always been a bit like that – and as for Mr Trump, we’ll have to wait and see how big his button really is.

Have a good weekend.


This week at Curtin&Co

This week we were delighted to be part of the project team that secured consent for 90 units in Watford on behalf of NL Properties. Congratulations to everyone involved – a fantastic start to 2018.

The week ahead

Private Member’s Grill 
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

The adventure of the empty house
Councils accused of empty home scandal

Mind the salary gap
This Tube map shows average salaries near each London Underground station

How long is a piece of string
Buying a home: How long does it take to save a deposit?

Sajid steps up
Javid publishes draft law to scrap ‘staircase tax’

And Finally…

Sign-post scandal
Fed-up residents ask if their street name can be changed from Bell End after ridicule wipes £60,000 off their house prices

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