I have heard the cry for new houses, the mantra, ‘must build more houses.’ Has anyone thought of using many of the stately houses that dot our country? I believe many were used as hospitals during the world wars last century. I’m sure it wouldn’t take a lot of work to change their use into suitable homes for those in need. Perhaps we need some creative thinking in the 21st century about what to do about these big empty, draughty piles. Of course there is often a great deal of land as well where attractive, affordable houses could be built to suit all budgets. This would, I believe, leave the land used to grow our food for that particular purpose.