He wants to take people with him in his quest to hit the Government’s target. But will radical policy ideas fit with his emollient political approach?
Since 2010 there have been 90,730 sales through Right to Buy and councils have delivered 94 per cent of the replacements required to meet the one-for-one target.
Onward proposes helping half a million young people by lending them a deposit in the same way that government underwrites some of their mortgage costs.
And, as Boles says, we will never build the number of homes we need unless the state is building 100,000 a year.
People’s preferences are clear. But the current system insists on bringing forward designs that jar painfully with them.
Districts decide on the applications, counties provide the infrastructure. Better collaboration is needed. We build communities; not just properties.
Far from being a loss to the community they are more often derelict buildings and surplus land which can be used for housing.
The Church Commissioners owns 100,000 acres – and rather more than that is owned by the dioceses. Yet the number of extra homes being built on that land is derisory.
We must always remember that the remarkable job statistics are primarily the achievement of the people, not of politicians.
There are strict rules to ensure good design – but much greater certainty for the developer that if they are followed, permission will be granted.
In my constituency, we have a target of just over 640 homes a year. Our housing waiting list is 3,000.
If ‘fair play’ is to mean anything, then it is vital that legal redress is available to all – regardless of income or background.
Onward seems set to propound the liberal and Freer the libertarian versions of the globalist agenda. Where does that leave the anti-globalist voters who now back the Tories?
With the surge in the delivery economy this rule would boost growth. It would also help the emergency services – and those canvassing during election campaigns.
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