NIMBYs Cause Misery
A study of people’s living spaces by RIBA found that people are going to “extreme” and “absurd” lengths to cram their belongings into their houses.
The research found that many British homes lack the storage space for basic day-to-day items, such as rubbish bins, household appliances and food.
Ben Page, the chief executive of Ipsos Mori, said: “The research graphically shows just how cramped and poorly planned much of our housing is today, and the extraordinary lengths people go to cope with it.”
And why? It is not the cost of building bigger houses, that is minimal. It is the cost of the land with planning permission. It is an artificial shortage created by planners backed by NIMBYs. (There is also an element of green thinking here with the belief that no one needs more than one car per family and that we like to huddle up to our neighbours to keep warm.)