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MP Robert Halfon responds to proposals by PM Boris Johnson over building plans

News / Thu 2nd Jul 2020 at 07:47am

ON Tuesday, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson delivered a speech where the key message was “Build, build, build”.

Within the speech was a number of factors that may have concerned Harlow residents.

You can see the details below.

We asked Harlow MP Robert Halfon to respond.

Mr Halfon said: “Absolutely, we need planning regulations to be liberalised so that we can build affordable homes for Harlow residents. Around 90 percent of our land is not built on in this country and yet, every week, people come to me in my surgeries and write to me, wanting to live in a decent home.

“However, any planning legislation must ensure that it will help provide quality homes and this is something I will continue to advocate strongly to the Government about. I have written to the Housing Secretary, Chris Pincher, about permitted development rights and the need for proper, quality, affordable housing.

“It is also important that any new housing is used for Harlow people, and that London Labour councils are not allowed to send vulnerable people from their own boroughs to Harlow accommodation.”

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3 Comments for MP Robert Halfon responds to proposals by PM Boris Johnson over building plans:

kthe5
2020-07-02 10:36:20

“Absolutely, we need planning regulations to be liberalised so that we can build affordable homes for Harlow residents. Around 90 percent of our land is not built on in this country and yet, every week, people come to me in my surgeries and write to me, wanting to live in a decent home." Perhaps RH should look at reports created by his own government. From only Oct 2018: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752124/Letwin_review_web_version.pdf This states: "I concluded that the homogeneity of the types and tenures of the homes on offer on these sites, and the limits on the rate at which the market will absorb such homogenous products, are the fundamental drivers of the slow rate of build out. " What that means is that builders only build e.g. large 3 bedroom houses and sell them at the (slow) rate the local market will allow. It is not the planning regulations that are holding back house building, but the type & mixture of what is being built. Not my words, but the words of the government.

MickyB77
2020-07-02 12:18:00

Just asking kthe5, do you ever correspond using your own thoughts and impressions without chucking out data and info from others ?

gilbernuk
2020-07-02 15:27:31

This government proposal is fraught with all sorts of danger. They state that “ developers will still need to adhere to high standards and regulations” but if they do not have to obtain planning permission who is going to check what standards are being proposed? It is this sort of thinking that has led to many examples of poor housing being provided throughout the country leaving local communities to pick up the pieces. With a large majority in Parliament this will be bulldozed through unless conservative MPs vote against it Robert.

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