One of the reasons for the housing market being dysfunctional is the existence of substantial 'land banks' held by a variety of groups, notably the UK's largest house builders. However, supermarkets too, also hold sizeable land holdings.
Add in vacant and largely vacant properties and you can add a considerable quantity of housing to the nation's housing stock and this might go a long way towards resolving some of the problems within the housing market. Read this article from the Telegraph.
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