They are also failing to bring local communities with them. Development must be attractive to win support for the new homes we need.
It is not a fix-all, but I hope its measures will produce a real improvement in the number of people who become homeless in the first place.
Conservatives have a proud record of social reform. I want to break down the barriers to people escaping poverty.
Rural communities will welcome development – if it fits the local vernacular and genuinely meets community needs.
Local decision-making must be respected if communities are to be confident in embracing development. We need these principles in urban areas too.
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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.
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.
Councils need to use their own land to boost development – without the Mayor of London being able to get in the way.
With sensible changes to things like direct payments and access to information, the new system can work better for everybody.
The failure to deliver on the promise to provide them with a right to buy is a missed opportunity.
Knocking down semi-detached and detached homes is the wrong way to increase the housing density – build on the post-industrial land instead.
A quick and modest change in the regulations would allow local authorities to build more on their own land.
My continuation as a councillor would be likely to serve as a distraction as the council deals with major, pressing issues.