A wondrous perversion of the language here:
We’ve a claim here that creating more housing reduces the amount of affordable housing there is.
If you go through the planning system then in return for being granted the permission you must build – or reserve from those built – some units of affordable housing. The definition here being below market price. So, if people are allowed to just build housing without going through the planning system then there’s that shortfall of below market price housing being produced.
Which is, of course, the real complaint here. That bureaucracy isn’t gaining those new assets to have control over, that “affordable” housing to be allocated by the bureaucracy.
This is a claim that should be greeted with that Anglo-Saxon Wave, obviously.