George Clarke on property market and housebuilding
8 November 2013 Last updated at 09:02 GMT
No politician has got to grips with the "biggest problem of all", said the architect and TV presenter George Clarke.
In his personal film for BBC1's This Week, he said housing was a political football and no government over the last 40 years had taken the decisions that were needed.
Mr Clarke, who presents Restoration Man on Channel 4, said people were struggling to get on the housing ladder as there were "many expensive trendy homes, but not enough affordable ones", as he called for existing buildings to be recycled and re-used for homes.