“This is the most important job of your political career so far – and there’s a lot riding on what you make of it. On this one you need to make a difference.”
A new “use it or lose it” planning rule might help – but could bring unintended consequences.
When people cannot afford to live in the place where they work they spend more and more of their own time and money commuting on congested trains and roads. We need to broaden the Community Land Trust model to include market housing.
Fast broadband is an absolute essential – enabling homeworking and the conversion of redundant rural buildings into homes and business units
Over 60 per cent of the homes being built will be “affordable” under Khan’s definition. This is well above the usual target of 35 per cent – yet they still oppose.
We also back demolishing our 48 high rise towers and replacing them with the houses we need. But we also need the correct infrastructure to support them.
The Somerset MP in conversation with ConHome on: social care, housing, Brexit and the Lords, Carillion…and the reshuffle.
There is enough land for over half a million homes on derelict sites – while the health service regularly complains of a shortage of funds.
Unused land classified for industrial use could instead provide much needed new homes.
Urban form also matters if the housing supply is to be increased in a way that is popular. A good community relies on the way buildings connect to each other.
Will it be bad news for democracy in Tower Hamlets in 2018? The old tactics of toxic allegations in anonymous leaflets are being seen again.
This is the way to regenerate high streets and boost the supply of affordable housing. Yet planning policies are still too obstructive.
After Poundbury, the Prince of Wales is doing it again – more beautiful new homes are on the way.
Javid has correctly identified the problem. Now he needs to spot who the true culprits are, and what can be done to prevent them causing further harm.
Developers must hand over the payments agreed – and councils need to put more thought into spending it effectively.