WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING
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FACT: Wealden has built no genuinely affordable housing in Herstmonceux, or at all.
FACT: Domestic property energy consumption equates to 14% of UK carbon emissions.
FACT: Around 81,300 households were in home loan arrears last year, but figures suggest this could climb to 142,200 in 2021, prompting a surge in repossessions.
They generally enforce against the real thing, such as mobile homes and caravans.
Wealden has not earmarked any land for affordable development. Let alone a rolling stock, 5 and 10 years supply of land.
Building more expensive housing on land that could be used for sustainable units, is unsustainable.
Genuinely affordable housing is likely to be as self builds, or by self build groups.
Self builds could be flat-packs assembled on site in a matter of weeks.
Affordable, means that a local agricultural worker could afford a mortgage to purchase a property on his or her wages. The rule of thumb that no more that 30% of income should be allocated for housing.
Flat packs are around the twenty-five £25,000 thousand pounds mark. Land that is earmarked for self-builds could be around £10,000 (ten thousand pounds) for a plot. All in all, a decent home could be up and running for about £40,000 - 50,000 (forty to fifty thousand pounds).
Such units are the benchmark that destroys developer arguments against viability.
Council's will do all they can to prevent such development, to protect the investment of over priced units that their wealthy landlord chums are renting out.
The Conservatives will do all they can to prevent such development to help out their wealthy party supporters, many of which are wealthy landlords and/or councillors with property interests.
The Labour party lack credibility and fumble the ball when in power after the Conservatives really mess up, but there was a period many years ago, when they reversed the borrowing trend, so reducing the National Debt.
The Liberal Democrats are gently sheep like where action is required, lacking strong leadership.
The Green party will never get voted in, because their policies tell it straight, but they are more likely to put Britain back onto the right path, and may even reduce the National Debt.
No political party has the guts to give councils a good legal kicking for their failures, because it's all just politics.
Council's need to be put in a legal strait jacket, ordering low cost house building with extremely harsh penalties for defaulting, including routine staff reviews and sackings for non-compliance. Especially at executive, legal and planning levels.
Councillors need routine auditing for declarations of interests and code of conduct compliance.
Lets us stop pussy-footing around, and call a crook a crook.
As to affordable housing provision, see: Parkhurst Road Ltd v Sec of State for Communities & Local Gov & Anor  EWCH 991 (Admin)
2, 4, 6, 8 DEFECATE - It's a shitty situation where local council corruption is preventing the build of genuinely affordable housing - a bum deal for young families starting out in life for sure. Councils refuse to plan ahead to secure land for sustainable homes, using compulsory purchase if negotiations with greedy landowners (inevitably) fail. Mostly this is anti-social farmers, but also includes property speculators such as Tim Watson.
LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTON
In Parkhurst Road Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities And Local Government & Anor  EWHC 991 (Admin) Holgate J said having examined land and sales values in the area:
“it is clear that the appeal proposal would not provide the maximum reasonable level of affordable housing in accordance with
- provide a competitive return to willing developers and landowners (including equity resulting from those wanting to build their own homes)
be informed by comparable, market-based evidence wherever possible. Where transacted bids are significantly above the market norm, they should not be used as part of this exercise.
LOW CARBON HOMES - RETROFITS
The South East and Solent are predicted to have amongst the highest rising prices in the UK and high demand for housing. The challenge facing local authorities is how to deliver part of this housing growth sustainably whilst simultaneously improving the efficiency of the existing housing stock, which is amongst the least efficient in Europe.
A large number of the Solent’s buildings date from the 20th and late 19th centuries, making it harder to install efficiency measures due, in particular, to the need for more expensive solid wall insulation compared to insulating modern cavity wall houses. However, given the densely populated nature of some parts of the region (e.g. Portsmouth), economies of scale can be captured by retrofitting urban areas street-by-street which can help reduce the cost of external wall insulation
(cladding) and reduce issues associated with thermal bridging from poor installations.
Low Carbon Homes Ltd, 4, The Barford Exchange,
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