The one built environment issue on which there is political consensus is an urgent need to build more houses. For many, especially in historic towns and villages, this has raised huge opposition. The housebuilders are branded vandals; their opponents NIMBYS. Heritage legislation was not designed to assess and control volume house building and many feel that what is proposed will destroy hundreds of years of history. Housebuilding and heritage can be reconciled, but at the moment far too few local authorities know how to do it.
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