Thursday, October 23, 2014

The have a right to oppose new development but not a responsibility to limit their own consumption

Move out of your big homes and help society, minister tells over-55s

“It should not be the role of Government or anyone else to dictate to people what kind of house or living accommodation is best for them – it should be up to them to choose.” Well, let's get rid of all planning permission, building regulations, etc.

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11 thoughts on “The have a right to oppose new development but not a responsibility to limit their own consumption

  • Who is going to tell those old people at the end of the Mall that they have got to downsize?

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  • Ros Altmann talking b****cks again.

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  • how about allowing planning permission for houses in green belt, fed up with this government and council attitude to reward those who have and punish those who cannot fight.

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  • landofconfusion says:

    I don’t see the problem of encouraging/helping people to downsize, especially if they’re having issues maintaining the house or have special health needs.

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  • I suspect many old people fear moving just because of the work involved. Now if the gov would offer them support to down-size that might help.

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  • We previously had (IMO) a valuable regular on here who championed the merits of LVT. This would appear to be an article which would attract the LVT debate back in the good old days !

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  • If people are financially stable and happy in their current home (most pensioners) then they simply don’t want to move from their homes, why should they?
    We can easily build millions of good quality houses on good size plots and in good locations, but the government are restricting construction – This is where the real problem lies and the reason that only ~100k units per year are constructed.

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  • landofconfusion says:

    “If people are financially stable and happy in their current home (most pensioners) then they simply don’t want to move from their homes, why should they?”

    Absolutely. I mean why shouldn’t people have to spend hours commuting to work & house their families in undersized homes while some pensioners live alone in 3/4 bed homes near places of employment?

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  • if they all try and downsize then what.. ipso facto its not worth doing it anymore.

    This government minister seems to be under the impression that everyone can sell out at full whack, I doubt it personally but probably there will be a glut of elderly at some point selling. The mark of fine governance.

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  • Translation “Move out of your home because a family of immigrants need it” .

    How about shutting the door minister or at least establishing a selective immigration policy ?

    These guys have a nerve . That and telling companies they are going to have to shut their factories down because the govt finds workable energy policies unpalatable with the green vote .

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  • landofconfusion says:

    “This government minister seems to be under the impression that everyone can sell out at full whack,”

    From reading the article he doesn’t seem to be saying that. He’s idea seems to be to encourage people who more rooms than they need, to move though subsidies and other government support.

    As a solution it’s not particularly elegant but wold probably be more politically feasible than simply pushing people out though tax alone.

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