Friday, August 31, 2007

GBH’s dream of building new homes – out of touch with reality, really !!!

Brown’s south-east homes target in chaos

Gordon Brown’s plan for 3 million new homes was dealt a blow on Wednesday after an official report failed to back his housebuilding target for the south-east. The report on the regional assembly’s draft south-east plan published on Tuesday disagreed with the government target of 38,000 new homes a year. This was set by the government office for the south-east. Planning inspectors said the south-east target should be raised instead from 28,900 to 32,000 homes a year equating to a total of 640,000 by 2026. This is 3,200 more than the South East Regional Assembly’s draft south-east plan published last year.

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8 thoughts on “GBH’s dream of building new homes – out of touch with reality, really !!!

  • tyrellcorporation says:

    There is no real political will to build more houses because people are hardly on the streets with placards. I expect this to be a TB style initiative announcement to catch a passing headline, boost his popularity for a week or two and buy some time until the next initiative is announced.

    Do not expect the house building rate to increase anytime soon.

    Here’s a new Exeter Council Department that’s been set up to entice private landlords to use their 3 bed houses to house ‘people in housing need’ (whoever they are). Why tax payers money is being used to subsidise private landlords is anyones guess. Apparently they’ll help cover void periods and give grants to renovate BTL property! We can’t people source rental property themselves – why does the council even get involved?!?

    http://www.exeter.gov.uk/media/pdf/5/d/EXtraLet_Web_info.pdf

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  • fahrenheit451 says:

    Looks like they are trying to manage the off-loading of their Council Tennants into the private sector. Good luck to them, probably a reciepy for disaster, any BTL who get involved will have to ensure that the rent is paid by the Council, not the Tennant, otherwise they will spend all their time calling out the Baliffs. And I thought that most BTL morgages required that tennants are credit checked anyway.

    This is just another disaster waiting to happen, and bet that our Taxes will be used (wasted) on this whole palaver anyway.

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  • planning4acrash says:

    John Prescot and Tony made the quiet reform which ensured that planning inspectors have the final say on local development frameworks and regional spatial strategies. Ensuring that local and national politicians could not approve plans that (continued)

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  • planning4acrash says:

    Are poorly evidenced, counter to sustainability principles, purely for political gain or all the above. Brown’s targts are all that, hedisagreed with the inspector, announced b4 2 distance himself from the conclusion. Battle lines have been drawn.

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  • Tyrell…many many councils have long since given up their housing stock – council houses to you and me – to housing associaitions, because they couldn’t afford the refurbishment bills that were coming and weren’t allowed to borrow the cash for such things, where housing associaitions can.

    Problem though – they all still have a statutory duty to deal with those who can show they qualify as “homeless”. In the past they had the odd empty council house kicking around that they could bung homeless families into, but now they don’t own any houses of their own so they have to use the private sector! There’s obviously a stigma about “homeless” people, rightly or wrongly, and so private landlords aren’t always that keen on letting to people who are usually low/no income, etc, so in order to have access to enough private sector properties that they can fulfill their statutory duties, local councils have to provide little incentive schemes like the one you have highlighted.

    So, during a time when even the most useless waster has been considered eligible to borrow zillions of dollars, your local council wasn’t considered good enough to borrow a bean! So they had to sell all their houses, only now to have to waste taxpayers money in subsidising private landlords who only have their property portfolios because they were being lent money hand over fist. Ironic or what.

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  • Councils have been placing people in private sector accommodation for years. If you go along to the council for housing advice, they will find somewhere for you, but it’s more likely to be in the private rented sector because there are hardly any council houses available. If you haven’t got any money you qualify for housing benefit otherwise you’ll have to pay the rent yourself.
    In most cases the only people who get council housing are vulnerable people (such single parents, people with learning difficulties etc.) and they might end up in temporary accommodation which usually isn’t very nice.
    Blame Margaret Thatcher (and Tony Blair) for this situation – caused by rigging the system so it is financial suicide for a council to build any new houses to replace the ones lost through right to buy.

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  • Cyril.” …you’ll have to pay the rent yourself”

    What rent would such people pay – the landlord’s rent or the usually much lower council rent?

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  • fahrenheit451 says:

    p4c – “John Prescot and Tony made the quiet reform …”, etc.

    Don’t forget that if they want to reform it one way today and back again tomorrow, they or the next government can and probably will !!!

    You are talking about “politicians”, they just make up the rules to suit what they want to do and stop the public from doing something that they (the politicans) don’t want them to do. How many “u-turns” can you think of, and that’s only the ones that get media attention, etc.

    Love to see what happens next, if the “Planners” look like winning the “Politicans” will just re-write the rules of the game.
    Good luck 😉
    “everyone’s a critic, it’s the cynic’s that win at the end” … some film director.

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