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Letter to Editor: England needs around six new towns to be built.

News / Tue 17th Nov 2020 at 11:43am

Sir,

THE whole picture on planning housing, transport, industry and infrastructure is a piecemeal mess. What is needed is the kind of vision that created Harlow and other new towns post war and a massive increase in building green quality council homes. England needs around six new towns to be built.

In filling and expansion of existing towns beyond design spec destroys them and degrades the quality of life. Most existing house stock is far from green and that needs fixing.  

Local development  via Council and County planning is difficult generally they seem to be overloaded and unhelpful so changes are needed. Developers should be heavily taxed when they buy and sit on land without building on it and local Councils given the power to purchase land upon which private and public housing can be built, the private housing being lease hold only so that the Councils can recoup investment and have a long term income return.  

Houses and residences that remain unoccupied for more than five years should be compulsorily purchased and all rented property subject to rent control (as once was) . Transport traffic roads equally need a new approach driving and dualling roads into towns like Gilden Way isn’t the answer such development increases pollution and congestion: providing excellent park and ride around the perimeter of towns NESW would be a solution. 

What’s lacking is a national plan and vision here, people need decent affordable housing as a right wherever they live. A massive increase in truly affordable public housing in London and other cities and a tax on foreign property investors will naturally flatten the exorbitant rents in such cities and allow key workers to live where they work.

The problem is that there are still fat cats living off the backs of the working population taking excessive profits and perpetuating poverty.

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1 Comment for Letter to Editor: England needs around six new towns to be built.:

tenpin
2020-11-17 15:21:34

The Harlow Alliance Party could not agree more with the sentiments in this letter. Developments on the edges of villages and towns all around the country often destroy all what is good about such communities. Clogged roads, increased pollution, "faceless" housing estates, lack of social facilities and plots of land sat on till developers can make the most profit out of them. In the meantime building companies making billions of pounds profits, paying CEO's millions of pounds each year, advertising abroad homes for sale in this country and all the time millions of people on council house waiting lists.

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