Javid Does Not Mention Green Belt but ‘Further Significant measures’in White Paper

CCO full speech

We want to radically increase brownfield development and bring life back to abandoned sites.

That means delivering high quality housing for families, bringing new energy to our high streets and town centres …

… abandoned shopping centres being transformed into new communities …

… and increasing density of housing around stations to build homes that people want to live in.

These three initiatives are just the beginning.

We will publish a Housing White Paper later this year, with further significant measures …

… all helping us towards our ambition for a million new homes by 2020.

The leak to the Daily Mail today was probably after a section was excised to avoid negative headlines on the day of Hammonds speech. Watch for the White Paper


2 thoughts on “Javid Does Not Mention Green Belt but ‘Further Significant measures’in White Paper

  1. Housing should be developed alongside transport infrastructure for economic, social and environmental benefits, say countryside campaigners

    A new paper released by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that high-density development near to high-quality public transport services could boost businesses and jobs, create more well-designed homes and build more diverse, exciting communities – all while reducing pressure on the Green Belt and the wider countryside.

  2. We need to give serious consideration to all our hardworking younger members of the population that simply cannot afford to buy and in some cases to rent a place of their own. It is scandalous that we do not have the courage to afford our youngsters the same opportunities people of my and my parents generation were given. Not only has the gap between earnings to house prices widened to an unimaginable distance but the additional benefits such as married couples allowance, MIRAS, child benefit (now means tested) are no longer available and we’re not even including the increase in the general cost of living.

    Are we really happy forcing our younger members to purchase properties at sky high prices which they are then saddled with huge mortgages for the next thirty years of their lives? We need to acknowledge the financial pressures and the stress on family life negatively impacting relationships with partners and children and the overall health of everyone involved. We simply cannot ignore this.

    If the answer for the next fifty years is to do away with half a percent of the Greenbelt then so be it. It is not only scandalous but totally immoral for the CPRE and Greenbelt supporters (most of whom are beyond the age of fifty) to ignore the very real negative impact the lack of decent priced housing is having on a significant portion of the population. Yet their simple answer to the problem appears to be the building of a combination of high rises and building on brownfield but this is simply not good enough. In fact I have an idea, why don’t members / supporters of the CPRE and Greenbelt give up their houses at an affordable price and go and live in a high rise or newly built 70 square metre terraced home located on a brownfield site and this of course is assuming these properties are available!

    We need courage to acknowledge the unique problems we are facing. Governments need to seriously address this and quickly. The government will need to make the decision and be bold and not simply pander to the elderly voters (whom the government seem to have placed red lines when it comes to pensioner benefits) for they are the past and not the future of this county. It is the young that make up the assets of this country yet current and past governments have simply ignored them.

    So maybe it’s time for a new political party, a party primarily focused on the younger generation with housing being its core policy strategy. UKIP led the way and eventually fulfilled their main aim of Brexit (time will tell I guess) so maybe we need a similar approach?

    M Hassan

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