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State To Build New Homes For First Time In A Generation

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Yeah, right :rolleyes:.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/11267536/State-to-build-new-homes-for-first-time-in-generation.html

The state will take a direct role in building new homes for the first time in a generation under "radical" plans to build up to 300,000 new homes a year.

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has announced a government-led pilot scheme which will taxpayer's money used to help build 10,000 new houses built at a former RAF base in Northstowe in Cambridgeshire.

He has ordered his officials to conduct a study into how the Government can commission and pay for new developments across Britain and warned private developers: "If you don't build, we will."

He said: "In my view we need to be building in the region of 300,000 new homes every year. To get there requires us to think radically. An idea I've been promoting is direct government commissioning of housing. The message to the house building sector will be simple – if you don't build, we will

"We will be undertaking a detailed government review to examine the potential of direct government commissioning for housing to deliver the number of homes we need. And later on today I will be travelling to Northstowe in Cambridgeshire. Now it's just a disused RAF base.

"This is the first time in a generation that the government has owned land, led a development on it of this scale and considered commissioning homes directly. Using the government's balance sheet will ensure that the scheme is delivered up to twice as fast and we will be able to ensure that developers build the right type of housing. This is the first time in a generation the government has acted as a developer on its own land in this way."

Mr Alexander also confirmed that plans for a garden city in the Home Counties to provide thousands of houses for young families will be announced in the Autumn Statement.

Plans for a new settlement in Bicester, Oxfordshire, containing up to 13,000 homes, will be funded with nearly £100 million of public spending and loans
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They are trying to steal Labour's thunder by stealing any ideas Labour had. Obviously if they were to win again they would renege on all these promises but so far they have stolen from Labour;

1) Spend money on the NHS and pledge to spend more than Labour has pledged.

2) Build houses. Labour has pledged to build 200k per year so the coalition has pledged to build 300k.

They are like little children - "Well we're going to build more houses than you, na na".

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Be careful of the wording with that lot.

"New migration reduced to tens of thousands a year" became twenty six tens of thousands.


The state will take a direct role in building new homes for the first time in a generation under "radical" plans to build up to 300,000 new homes a year.

Similarly "UP TO 300,000 new homes a year" could mean just 1 (or even zero).

That's quite apart from promises promises as the general election approaches.

Edited by billybong

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Mr Alexander also confirmed that plans for a garden city in the Home Counties to provide thousands of houses for young families will be announced in the Autumn Statement.

Plans for a new settlement in Bicester, Oxfordshire, containing up to 13,000 homes, will be funded with nearly £100 million of public spending and loans

They could have been getting on with that stuff since 2010 - but no they've waited until 5 months before the 2015 general election.

10 years ago Ebbsfleet was supposed to be a new garden city with thousands of new homes but apparently only about 150 new homes have actually been built

They just time wasters wasting people's time.

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"We will be undertaking a detailed government review to examine the potential of

In 5 months you're out of a job mate.

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They could have been getting on with that stuff since 2010 - but no they've waited until 5 months before the 2015 general election.

10 years ago Ebbsfleet was supposed to be a new garden city with thousands of new homes but apparently only about 150 new homes have actually been built

They just time wasters wasting people's time.

Couldn't agree more, and if they got into office again, their promises wouldn't be worth a jot.

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Couldn't agree more, and if they got into office again, their promises wouldn't be worth a jot.

The "up to" clause means that they can just admit in five years that they actually built only a small percentage of the headline figure. Worthless political spin.

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Northstowe has been imminent for about a decade.

The issue they have is transport links as traffic would join the A14 at the busiest junction which is already a massive bottleneck.

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"We will be undertaking a detailed government review to examine the potential of direct government commissioning for housing to deliver the number of homes we need. And later on today I will be travelling to Northstowe in Cambridgeshire. Now it's just a disused RAF base.

Another tedious delay waiting for the outcome of another "review" - and yet another visit to some disused base. Both an excercise in filling in time and wasting taxpayer's money.

It's only been about a month since the Lyons Housing Review was issued


http://

www.yourbritain.org.uk/uploads/editor/files/The_Lyons_Housing_Review_2.pdf



then there's stuff like


https://

www.conservatives.com/~/media/Files/Green%20Papers/Housing-Green-Paper.ashx?dl=true

The reviews on the subject are endless.

If they don't know what to do now they should just give up - and don't come back.

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They could have been getting on with that stuff since 2010 - but no they've waited until 5 months before the 2015 general election.

Maybe we should have general elections every six months, then things might actually get done.

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I've no doubt they will be delighted when they have managed to nearly build one house which is a major improvement on the mess they inherited from labour. This is fantastic news for hard working people.

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Maybe we should have general elections every six months, then things might actually get done.

Theyve been banned by Cameron.

5 yrs minimum

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Amazing how all of these announcements are happening just prior to an election....

+1

Indeed - they're coming thick and fast.

It's the only thing fast about them.

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They just need to make these things binding so they can't worm their way out of it. Blatant electioneering and the reason why absolutely everybody is disillusioned with politics and politicians. The politicians who cried wolf.

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Anyone got a copy of the Tories 2010 election promises?

I remember migration would be down to the tens of thousands.

I remember MPs would be desleazed (presumably with a 10% pay rise and by shredding past expense scandals).

I remember the nation's credit card would be a long way to being paid off by now.

I doubt they kept any of their promises.

Unless they promised to prop up the banks with a socialist Help-To-Buy scheme, printy printy, and Osborne doing all he can to fight for bankers bonuses of course.

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Good idea, probably won't happen.

Will George have anything to announce tomorrow with all of these things being promised already (NHS and roads money and now this)?

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Be careful of the wording with that lot.

"New migration reduced to tens of thousands a year" became twenty six tens of thousands.

Similarly "UP TO 300,000 new homes a year" could mean just 1 (or even zero).

That's quite apart from promises promises as the general election approaches.

Hang on though, they've got to have their "detailed government review" first. No doubt that will take several years.

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Maybe we should have general elections every six months, then things might actually get done.

I was thinking that earlier, only elections every three years - to give them a sense of urgency. And when they stop pissing about and actually run the country properly every two years and a maximum two term political career (serve the country sabbatical from normal life).

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The state building houses? As any free marketer will tell you, housebuilding like anything else should be left to the market. I mean what is wrong with housebuilders hoarding all the land and then demanding taxpayer deposits for mugs who buy their overpriced tiny houses?

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