End the housing shortage.

It has been suggested that the easy solution to the shortage of houses is to build more houses, now I’m not involved in town planning but this solution seems to be a tad simplistic to me.

There seems to be conflicting evidence where the shortage of houses are concerned as I can’t see much point in building swathes of new housing if no-one can afford to buy the things.

Apparently it takes the average Londoner 14.5 times their annual salary to buy a home which means they haven’t a hope in hell of buying a house, unless of course they forgo their expensive foreign holidays, new lease cars every year, meals out on a regular basis, and expensive electrical equipment, new computers, wide screen televisions and the like.

Rather interestingly when the Queen was born in 1926 the average house in Britain cost £619 whereas today it is just above £290,000 which doesn’t seem that expensive.

Surprisingly a pint of milk would have cost the equivalent of 1.3p in 1926 which had it risen in line with property prices would now cost £612.57 which would make a cup of tea  quite an expensive beverage, although like most MP’s, I personally couldn’t tell you what the price of a pint of milk is to save my life.

It has been predicted that if house prices rise at the rate of 6.7% which has been the average over the last 23 years, that on Prince Charles 90th birthday in 2038 the average house will cost nearly £1.3 million.

Assuming this to be the case it will be rather like the days before World War Two in Germany where money had reached such a worthless figure that you had to cart it around in a wheelbarrow to have enough to buy a loaf of bread.

Now to the point of my blog which relates to countryside matters, there is a new development of houses some two or three miles from where we live that has just started and I have to admit to being a little bit of a NIMBY where this development is concerned.

I was somewhat surprised to find the development has been given planning permission on farm land and was for some one thousand two hundred houses which is bigger than the two villages between us and the new houses.

Building work has started and they have erected traffic lights on the quiet country road causing considerable hold ups already,Lord knows what it will be like when it gets properly into it’s stride.

One of the great joys I found upon moving to the countryside was the ability to get around at what seemed like the speed of light compared to the town from which I came and already I can see this ebbing away, I’m not happy!

I seem to have become more of a country person than I realised, although it’s too late to get out with a placard declaring I do not want this in my back yard.

The only saving grace is the fact that these houses will help to swell the housing stock to such an extent that they will be virtually giving them away which means all our children will be able to purchase houses which will be worth millions in the not too distant future.

Oh, and the other plus must be the precedent set by this development on farm land, as my wife just happens to own a farm where our daughter keeps her horses  and I’m wondering how many houses can you get on the piece not used by the horses, after all the farm is sufficiently far away for it to be, not in my back yard!

 

 

 

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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