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Lichfield Lecture: Leading economist exonerates planners from new build shortfall

Words: Martin Read
RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture

‘I do not believe that new-build is the most important thing in the housing market – but it's the thing that gets talked about most, and it’s where planners have a very clear role.’

So began Christine Whitehead HonMRTPI, emeritus professor of housing economics at the London School of Economics, who was this year’s choice to present the RTPI’s annual Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture.Perhaps appropriately for World Town Planning Day, ‘Are Planners Really the Problem?’ was the lecture’s provocative title. And in a forensically structured presentation,........
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