Posts Tagged 'housing crisis'

House of Lords reception

Baroness Jenny Jones 130618I was delighted to attend a reception at the House of Lords last night (Wednesday 13th June) to acknowledge the work that the Local Government Association (LGA) has done with the support of MPs and Peers.  I spoke with Baroness Jenny Jones (pictured with me on the terrace at the House of Lords) about local and national issues.  Hopefully she will visit us in Mid Suffolk later this year.  The invitation to the reception was because of the work I do on the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board.  It was good to catch up with colleagues across the country talking about issues such as Government imposed housing targets and environmental concerns that arise with more and more housing developments.

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Council has the cash to help the housing crisis

My letter published in the East Anglian Daily Times – Wednesday 15th February 2017

Here in Mid Suffolk there are over 2,300 planning permissions granted and waiting to be built.  I agree with Fiona Cairns (This won’t fix the housing crisis – Letters 11 February 2017) that this issue is in the hands of the developers however as the opposition group at the Council we have continually put forward ideas to help solve this.

Currently Mid Suffolk District Council has a fund of over £9 million which comes from New Homes Bonus.  This is the money that Government gives councils for each house built and works out at approximately £6,000 per new dwelling (over a five-year period).  A further £2 million will be received in 2017/18.

We are submitting an amendment to the budget for 2017/18 to request that some of this unallocated cash reserve is set aside as a fund to kick-start these developments – and that someone is hired in a “negotiator” type role to help get this done.  We suggested this last year – and the year before – but the money keeps adding up year after year and the problem remains the same.


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