Market Research Executive, previously working in finance. Specialising in Housing Research and Retail Studies.
Comment on: London council to use own land to build homes
Great idea and fully endorse the reasoning and sentiment, however I would love to know if there are conditions regarding re-sale and whether these conditions only last for a certain number of years, or whether the price will always be linked and limited by the National average price. Otherwise people will take advantage and purchase low and sell high, even if they have to wait for a number of years.
Couldn't make it up.
Comment on: Shapps slams plans to move tenants out of London
If Grant is correct that there are almost 1,000 homes available for rent within a five-mile radius of the area within the benefit cap - then it does look as if it could be the case that the Labour-controlled Newham Council is "playing-politics", however there is definitive evidence to show that rents are not reducing within London and I cannot see how the HB cap will not lead to poorer families being moved out of certain London boroughs and into areas of the country where the HB cap means they can be housed.
Comment on: Government appoints empty homes champion
Great appointment. Kudos to Shapps on this one.
Comment on: The sound and the fury
I think there is more to Green Belt than it's ability to "cram us into the existing urban footprint at ever greater densities". One can be pro-housing and understand the concept that once land has been built upon; it can never revert to it's original state. Concentrating on using brown field land and converting empty homes should always be the planning priorities which our government should incentivise above all others. The trouble with those who castigate NIMBY types is that I always get the feeling that they would quite easily fall into that group, if planning they disagreed with was to be proposed next door.
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