The simplest solution to resolve our housing crisis is to relocate all existing social housing to one specifically-designated site outside of M50, gradually demolishing all existing social housing and almost all other old (20 years+) private and public buildings (especially low-rise) within M50, and then phased construction of a one million apartments (in medium-rise (6-16 floors) and high-rise (17 floors+) apartment complexes) of all sizes (from 15-20 m2 studios to 5000 m2 penthouses with large terraces), with 70-80% of them for sale and 20-30% for rent.
We should also relocate all golf clubs/courses and industrial facilities/warehouses outside of M50, and significantly reduce the number of churches within M50, demolishing most of them, and use all this freed space for apartment construction.
There shouldn’t be any height limits in the city centre. Outside of the city centre there should be a limit of 100 floors within M50 and 50 floors outside of M50. Within M50 also there should be a minimum of 6 floors, all low-rises (below 6 floors) within M50 should be gradually demolished, except 2-3 hundreds of historical buildings (100+ years old) in the city centre.
We also have to change the apartment sizes, at present most of the builders build 60-75 sq. m. 2-beds only, while the market is in urgent need of 18-30 sq. m. studios, 40-70 sq. m. 1-beds, 80-150 sq. m. 2-beds, 120-500 sq. m. 3-beds, 150-1000 sq. m. 4-beds, etc.
We have to invite foreign experts (from China, Russia, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Turkey, etc.), who possess enormous expertise in building inexpensive medium to high rise apartment developments, so they would guide our and foreign builders.
We have to remove all social housing from expensive city centre areas (which should be re-populated by people working in the city) and relocate all social housing to one designated area only (with the cheapest land), outside of M50 .