However, on the face of it you would think that things are on the up. I was impressed by the quality of all the shortlisted schemes in the Housing Design Awards last month. I was happy that landscape architects had been involved in all the award schemes and managed to ensure that they should be credited for their work, going forward.
The illusion was made even stronger when housing minister Brandon Lewis, the evening's keynote speaker, passionately spoke about the importance of place making and quality around our homes. Yet in spite of all of this, the reality in Britain at the moment is very different.
The Government is proposing to simplify planning, instead of recognising planning's link to quality. It is listening to private sector developers' argument that their template housing is what people want, instead of recognising that they sell quickly because of desperation, not desirability.
Lewis's words are at odds with the actual changes being legislated. The Treasury has no money for housing. It is simply embracing the private sector to deliver the numbers.
The Housing Design Awards show what can be done but only where a little design, quality and landscape can be afforded - 14 of the 22 shortlisted schemes were in London, five in the south and the final three in the midlands were all in wealthy areas. There were none in the north.
Lewis's words need to be heard and he needs the power to deliver his aspirations. Today's housing is what today's politicians will be remembered for more than anything else, so we must never lose sight of our primary infrastructure - the landscape.
Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer is a founding partner of Farrer huxley associates