Affordable, decent housing for our region to grow sustainably

“Getting the right homes in the right places, and ensuring the right mix of tenures for sale and rent, is one of the most important tasks for Councils.”
Cllr Keith House | South East Councils
Councillor Keith House
Liberal Democrats: Eastleigh Borough Council

Undersupply of accessible housing gives rise to a host of impacts on communities and businesses.

Enabling local authorities to identify and build the affordable, practical homes that local people need will spur wider growth.

Better Housing | South East Councils
36%
of respondents said that affordable housing should be given priority for investment in their area, and saw it as supporting the local economy.

(Savanta-ComRes survey for SEEC of 275 businesses, 345 members of the public and 345 councillors, September 2020)

Better Housing | South East Councils
33%
of respondents regarded the Planning System as a main barrier to building new homes in their area.

(Savanta-ComRes survey for SEEC of 275 businesses, 345 members of the public and 345 councillors, September 2020)

To ensure our region can grow sustainably South East Councils believes that:

  • Housing Delivery rules should be amended to arm local authorities with the powers and sanctions necessary to effectively hold developers responsible for the build out rates in local housing building programmes.

  • Local councils must have a central role to ensure appropriate standards and controls over Permitted Development Rights; ensuring considerations on individual health, family space and community cohesion are part of a decision- making process.

  • An ongoing, considered assessment of Covid-19 impacts on commuting, travel to work and home-working patterns is required before any new government initiatives on reforming the Planning system are brought forward.

  • An enhanced duty to cooperate should be placed on the Greater London Authority to ensure timely, adequate consideration is given to impacts on the South East of London’s future growth, particularly on any intrusions in the Metropolitan Green Belt.

     
“Getting the right homes in the right places, and ensuring the right mix of tenures for sale and rent, is one of the most important tasks for Councils.”
Cllr Keith House | South East Councils
Councillor Keith House
Liberal Democrats: Eastleigh Borough Council