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  Almost two thirds of UK councils are in ‘severe’ need of affordable housing  

https://www.bigissue.com/latest/social-activism/almost-two-thirds-of-uk-councils-are-in-severe-need-of-affordable-housing/

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Planning deregulation is to blame for the shortage of affordable homes, claims a new report.

The introduction of permitted development – a prior approval process that removes the need for developers to make a full planning application – in 2015 has allowed the creation of more housing units but they have not been filled with affordable properties.

In fact, an Association for Public Service (APSE) report – based on research by planning charity the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) – found that 63 per cent of 141 UK councils described their need for affordable homes as ‘severe’ with a further 35 per cent classed as ‘moderate’.

The government must be bold and ambitious in challenging the shortfall of housing for those in the most need in society

A total of one in three councils in England stated that permitted development would have a have a negative impact on councils’ ability to build affordable homes whereas just four per cent thought that it would improve matters.

And the lack of housing is not helping local authorities to stem the tide of rising homelessness – with 70 per cent of England’s 124 councils reporting an increase in statutory homelessness over the past 12 months.

That trend is replicated in rough sleeping with 57 per cent confirming that they have seen a rise in people living on the streets over the same period...

 

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Relaxing permitted development has led to tens of thousands of new homes being created without having to get full planning permission – for example through the conversion of commercial buildings into homes – and this means that councils are unable to secure a contribution to affordable housing from the developer, and little or no thought is given to the most basic issues, such as where children can play or whether there are enough doctors’ surgeries in the area.”

Paul O’Brien, chief executive of APSE, added: “The government must be bold and ambitious in challenging the shortfall of housing for those in the most need in society.

As part of this, it must help councils return to their historic role as a provider of homes – recognising that evidence clearly suggests that we cannot rely on the private sector alone to meet the shortfall of housing supply.”

 

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35 minutes ago, Saving For a Space Ship said:

  Almost two thirds of UK councils are in ‘severe’ need of affordable housing  

https://www.bigissue.com/latest/social-activism/almost-two-thirds-of-uk-councils-are-in-severe-need-of-affordable-housing/

 

Nothing to do with having another Newcastle arriving in the UK every year expecting to be housed, in the main, for free? The analysis is a joke.

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26 minutes ago, onlooker said:

Nothing to do with having another Newcastle arriving in the UK every year expecting to be housed, in the main, for free? The analysis is a joke.

The denial of reason leads to suffering.

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49 minutes ago, onlooker said:

Nothing to do with having another Newcastle arriving in the UK every year expecting to be housed, in the main, for free? The analysis is a joke.

I’ve said it on here many times.. 

we import 65% of our food

we have killed 70% of our pollinating insects

our sea, rivers and lakes are full of plastic and we take more fish out than are being reproduced leading to eventual fish/food shortage.

we cut down 15 million trees on the earth every single year! 

I want to protect this country from the disaster that is just around the corner.. But all remainers care about is money. People are so thick they can’t see that what we are doing will kill us all.. money is made up.. it’s not real, we are as brainwashed into this world/economy crap as much as religious fruit cakes are.. without realising the system is not there to help us, but to serve those who control it and they only care about themselves not the future generations they are murdering with their GREED!! 😡

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1 hour ago, onlooker said:

Nothing to do with having another Newcastle arriving in the UK every year expecting to be housed, in the main, for free? The analysis is a joke.

Agreed. a Geordie-sized elephant is being ignored in the room. 

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