Seabeck calls for development of council land
The shadow housing minister has called on the government to do more to make surplus local authority land available for house building.
Speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference this week, Alison Seabeck said: ‘[The coalition] has focussed on government land, which accounts of 1 per cent of that available. Local authority land accounts for 50 per cent.’
Ms Seabeck criticised the government’s draft national planning policy framework. ‘It says nothing about affordable housing; and nothing about urban extensions,’ she said.
‘Local authorities and housing associations that want to build are looking for that sort of signal, but it’s not there. Therefore the confidence [to build] simply isn’t there.’
She said the government’s planning policies would make the system more adversarial, and fewer homes would be built as a result.
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