Affordable Housing

Part of Estimates Day — [1st Allotted Day] — Supplementary Estimates 2006-07 – in the House of Commons at 3:24 pm on 7th December 2006.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning) 3:24 pm, 7th December 2006

May I congratulate my hon. Friend Dr. Starkey and her Select Committee on an extensive and weighty report that raises a series of important issues? It is testament to the significance of those issues that many Members have attended our debate.

Hon. Members will be aware that since 1997, we have had low mortgage rates compared with those of past decades, and greater economic stability, in contrast to earlier housing market crashes, which has made it possible for far more people to become and remain home owners, rather than face the repossessions that took place in the past.

The report also makes it clear that we face serious pressures from rising house prices across the country and that there is a serious underlying need to build more new homes for the future, so that the next generation can have homes as well.

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craig stevens
Posted on 11 Dec 2006 7:15 pm (Report this annotation)

As constituents that are experiencing this brave new world of housing growth. It is as well to remind members the genuine concerns of the communities that these development's are affecting. It is no good resolving one problem and creating ten more, lack of infrastructure for the chosen development areas will haunt us for years to come.
Inappropriate choose of location leading to the demise of established communities . More dependency on out working leading to more traffic and pollution.
The demise of rural areas to be replaced by urban sprawl.
Cities and large towns becoming modern slums with urban housing packed cheek to jowl. In the need to demonstrate how well the land is being used
Many members, have spoke as to how unaffordable key worker and so called affordable housing is. My own experience through my children confirms this fact. Figures that a third of key worker housing laying empty in London and the south East do nothing to allay the fears that all is not well with these very ambitious plans. And rather then help the people it is supposed to will fuel speculation on property on a buy to let basis causing many more rural areas to become dormitory towns and villages rather then the strong communities they are now.
Contentious developments and greedy developers will brake the cohesion of communities for years to come.
Many voter's are extremely concerned as to how fast the pace of development is occurring with lack of consultation with the communities that are affected. Most people accept the need for more housing What people do not accept is that at this present stage the Government is on the correct course to achieve its aims.
This debate in the house will do nothing to lessen communities fears once again the present Government is on a course for disaster and not listening to it's electorate or engaging consulting or involving them.
We have seen how well there plan for regeneration in Iraq has worked.
To a lesser extent are not these plans the same.

Craig Stevens.
96 Avenue Road
MK18 3DB