Lib Dems plan to address housing shortage in Peterborough

We need a government commissioning programme to build homes for sale and rent.

Unlike some, the Liberal Democrats have a plan to address the housing shortage in Peterborough and build more affordable homes.

In 2015, there were 2,790 applicants in Peterborough, on the local housing waiting list, in 2016, this has risen to 3,359 in 2016.

A rise of OVER 17% … And I expect this figure to have grown for 2017!

In addition, official figures last year showed 588 homes in Peterborough were empty for over six months.

So what would Liberal Democrats do?

  1. Introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes,
  2. make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money
  3. and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

We’d also allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes, unless they are being used for rental.

Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

Thousands of people in Peterborough are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call home.

Many young people, in particular, are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.

The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

The Conservative’s have been running Peterborough City Council for 17 years, and have been in government for 7 years …… so if you’re happy with years of more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing, keep voting for them!

Alternatively, get involved with the Boro Lib Dems, and help us change Peterborough’s future and build the affordable homes our city needs.

We need to strengthen the hand of local government to prevent large developers reneging on their commitments.

2 thoughts on “Lib Dems plan to address housing shortage in Peterborough

  • There are houses being built but none are full spec wheelchair accessible. we are even building in non accessibility into new builds which is absolutely crazy. Like the new flats in Hampton planning application 17/01673 a 3 storey building that will have no lift, therefore if a resident has an accident they will not be able to go home, they can not be visited by anyone in a wheelchair. This is crazy. The new development at the end of St Edmunds Walk the public areas are being designed so that they will in effect bar wheelchair users access. This is a crazy not strategic way of managing housing in Peterborough we have a growing need for accessible homes.

  • I asked this question to the developers at the Parish Council meeting tonight – they say that because the flats are all on the first and second floors the building regulations do not require them to be accessible. I agree this is crazy but there is no planning reason we can object on that basis.

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