Dr Mark Clapson, Professor of Social and Urban History at the University of Westminster, told the Housebuilder & Developer magazine that the solution to the capital’s chronic housing crisis would be to build on the green belt around London.

Professor Clapson said: “The green belt sits around London and it’s all very attractive, but I also think that when you’ve been to the Cotswolds, Cambria or the Peak District, it’s nothing special.

“Why not just let London cat the green belt up? You could build great big family homes there, nice new urban villages to satisfy the demand for new communities, all planned to high-density, sustainable planning principles.”

He added: “London could become another Tokyo, a mega city.”

He also discussed issues around second homeownership and the need to relax planning laws.

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