Greens promised a thousand new homes back in 2011. The reality: 147.
In April 2011, the Brighton and Hove Green Party’s manifesto promised:
'...to begin at least a thousand new affordable homes during the next four years.'
As recently as November 2014, the Greens claimed 751 affordable homes were programmed.
The Brighton and Hove Labour Party today issued a challenge to the Green Party by inviting the Green Housing spokesperson to join them on a tour of all the newly constructed affordable homes so that the promise could be checked against delivery.
Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:
We have an audited record supplied by council officers of all the housing starts and completions since 2011. These figures show that just 147 new homes have received planning permission and been completed under their watch. Yet as recently as November last year they claimed in an article in the New Statesman that they were set to meet their target of 1,000 homes.
I will happily take a tour around Brighton and Hove with the Leader of the Greens or their chair of the Housing Committee to see where these phantom homes and missing estates are supposed to be.
Even if you take into account homes that have been started but will not be completed until after May, the figure is only 287 new homes. This is less than 30% of the Greens’ manifesto promise.
Rather like the Green Party promise to increase recycling to 70%, which has now fallen to 26%, they have failed to deliver. We have committed to tackling the city’s housing crisis by building at least 500 council houses by 2019, and we stand by this commitment.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, Deputy Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, added:
The Green Party said we would have politics without spin. What we have found is desperate over claiming on promises made. Of the 17 construction sites developed since May 2011 just five are as a result of Green Party initiatives. All the others date back to the previous Tory administration.
This represents a massive failure of political will by the Green Party that leaves Brighton and Hove short of essential affordable housing that hard pressed local people need.
Attached is the raw data on affordable housing in Brighton and Hove since 2010. This includes details on all the sites, the date planning permission was received, when construction started and when it completed. It also indicates whether the decisions took place under the current or the previous administration.