Affordable Housing in Shepway

Have you noticed that most of the recent housing developments in your area have consisted of expensive, executive style houses ?

Have local councillors given  developers complete freedom to build three and four bedroom houses when all the population trends highlight  that household sizes are shrinking and that  there is a huge demand for smaller, more affordable homes ?

Figures released by Shelter, the housing charity, reveal that Shepway has one of the worst records in the country for providing affordable housing, with an annual average of only 33 affordable new homes built between 2006/7 and 2008/9.

Shelter has estimated that this only meets about three percent of the local need for affordable housing.

This is more evidence  of the poor local political leadership which has allowed developers to avoid planning requirements and to ignore the housing needs of the local community.

If you would like to discuss this issue or have comments, please contact our Shepway Green Party member with responsibility for this area, Ross Carter, via this website.

The issue is particularly topical at present and Shepway Green Party has published its official response to Shepway District Council’s Local Development Framework for Planning Core Strategy document, with our response submitted during the consultation phase. The importance of the document should not be under-estimated, as it sets out the housing development plans for the area to 2026, with discussion about sites, targets, types of housing etc. Shepway Green Party believes that in its current form it is far too focused on large scale developments, lacks vision in a number of vital areas, including low cost and social housing and energy efficiency, and reflects the desires of developers rather than the needs of the community.

Click here to download the response document: Shepway Green Party housing plan

The Council’s document can be viewed on its website at http://www.shepway.gov.uk



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