Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tories are trying!

Tories promise to save villages from being preserve of the middle class

The Conservatives are promising to act to stop rural villages becoming preserves of the middle class and middle aged by offering incentives for landowners to provide land for development on the guarantee that it is only offered to local people and families.

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12 thoughts on “Tories are trying!

  • The Tories are very trying. That’s it David why not concrete over the rest of the UK too. If he would only make second homes less affordable, there would be plenty of houses available in the villages near us, without having to build more.

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  • My sentiments exactly, Sara. I’ve noticed several properties in Scotland being marketed as “ideal holiday home.” The locals haven’t a chance unless they win the lottery. Probably why gambling is becoming a growing problem.

    I wonder when the Tories will have their next leadership election. Should be due quite soon, I reckon. How many have they had since John Major? – I’ve lost count.

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  • planning4acrash says:

    And Boris Johnson plans to scrap affordable housing targets in London. So, are poor londoners supposed to emigrate en-masse from the cities to the villages to make way for middle class crash pads? Presumably we’ll need a massive expansion of rural public transport, a doubling of motorways and we will need to demolish much of the West End of London to let all these new village folk commute into the City by Los Angeles style freeways to do cleaning jobs and run the shops, and we’ll have to knock down St Paul’s for a start to make way for a massive multi-storey car-park. : )

    Its so funny, that they think they can regain the middle ground by demonising their core supporters. Rural life is quite simple really I think, supporting affordable housing (something the tories will not do), getting rid of the tax benefits of second homes and supporting rural employment and public transport (you need to be creative on bus front, no big infrequent buses, but dial-a-rides and frequent timetabled shared taxi’s (6-8 seaters) or mini-bus services. Oh, but the Tories objected to free bus travel for the elderly and after privatising the bus service it does not serve rural areas well and local authorities have no control over timetables, boo hoo.

    Tory Brainstorming, it’ll do your head in!!

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  • planning4acrash says:

    Oh yer, and council’s should be given powers to stop additional holiday homes in areas where they can prove saturation, possibly via the planning system.

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  • The problem in rural areas is jobs not housing. As for planning4acrash what does he think is happening in London now?

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  • Have the tories totally lost thier marbles? Pathetic social engineering at its worst.

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  • Scottow. Could the problem not be both? I mean, if property was not so expensive in rural areas then it may attract people (locals or not) who might want to set up small businesses. But no-one is going to want to set up a business in an area with hardly any local customers – because they’ve all been priced out by the additional home brigade.

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  • Excellent idea David Cameron. By doing this and thereby introducing the failed multicultural experiment to the places where your most powerful supporters live, you will fuel support for the far right.

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  • planning4acrash says:

    SU, very good point. The government focuses on affordable housing but nothing about affordable commercial space, workshops, etc. The first council estate in the UK was built near Liverpool Street, London, with workshops for residents that are still used by businesses of 1 to 2 people. Developers should have to provide affordable workspaces with developments. Bristol and Warrington are the only places in the country that require affordable retail in major retail developments, that is a way forward, but nobody is linking housing with affordable workspaces. Live work is useless because it becomes residential, but seperate workshops are great and easily incorporated both in cities and within the core of villages. Protecting the use with the planning system will keep their value down.

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  • Great, so now there is no escape from the army of benefits chav peasants currently ruining our cities. Now the tories advocate that they ruin the country too.

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  • you have to burn the village to save it

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