chapter  10
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Housing Policy in Hungary Gábor Locsmándi and John Sillince

Throughout the late 1950s, especially in the VII, VIII, and IX Party Congress meetings, there was criticism of the lack of housing in Hungary. In 1960 a 15-year housing plan was launched which aimed at 50-80,000 new dwellings per year, an ambitious stepping-up of scale from the average 26,000 new dwellings per year of the previous 11 years. Moreover, investment funds shifted away from heavy industrial investment toward a geographically more even spread of investments in light industry and infrastructure. Also, the difficulty of controlling Budapest's growth was acknowledged - the 15-year plan accepted the need for a quarter of a million more dwellings in the capital (i.e. a quarter of all planned provision).