Housing
Housing

In case you missed co-leader of the opposition Cllr John Allcock’s recent column in Brighton & Hove News about the housing crisis, here’s an excerpt:

We’ve been living with a worsening housing crisis in this country for years and we have particularly acute challenges in our city.

There 8,500 people on the council’s housing register waiting for permanent homes or living in overpriced temporary accommodation, often in the private sector.

This situation is exacerbated by house prices increasing by 11.8 per cent over the year – a staggering 6 percentage points more than London rates…

…Although the council is making progress in building and acquiring homes for social housing with genuinely affordable rents, it is unable to do this at scale due to budget constraints.

Therefore, meeting our housing needs is very much at the mercy of the government’s National Planning Policy Framework and developers…

…We seriously need accessible and truly affordable family homes for our residents and families, so my message to developers is to please act responsibly when planning to build in our city, work closely with our community and our council.

And my message to government is please give councils the power to say “no” to bad developments.

To read Cllr Allcock’s Brighton & Hove News column in full, click here.

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