I am grateful to the Local Government Information Unit for pointing me towards a couple of articles in the national press on this subject. Read their take on things below:-
Labour has pledged that builders will get “guaranteed access to public land” to build new homes under Labour plans to increase construction rates. The party would also order a major building programme to construct more council houses, as well as a new generation of towns and garden cities. Emma Reynolds, the shadow housing minister, will set out more Labour plans to increase the supply of housing today, something the party has identified as a key priority for the next election. Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror notes that new data has shown that private landlords have bought up over a third of council houses in the country’s poorest areas.
The Daily Telegraph, Page: 8 Daily Mirror, Page: 17
Now what does this mean? Take Lydiate for example where its Parish Council has passed a resolution saying it will not sell any of its land to developers who are presently prowling that community looking to build on just about every green field. If Labour are seriously telling us that they will, if they get into Government, make Lydiate Parish Council sell land to developers then they really are on the road to environmental ruin. We must ensure they don’t get the chance to try it!