Why housing costs are not high when compared to recent history and
Will building more bring house prices down?
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Sajid Javid replaces Clark as Communities Secretary and Gavin Barwell takes over from Lewis as planning and housing minister in the new Cabinet and ministerial team
New PM Teresa May has announced her first Cabinet and ministerial team which means the new Communities Secretary is former Business Secretary Sajid Javid while Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, has become planning and housing minister as well taking responsibility for issues in the capital.During oral questions to Communities and Local Government ministers in the Commons recently Barwell said the administration was “still committed to building a million new homes.”
He added: “Across this House, I hope, there is a consensus that we need to increase the level of house building. We are looking at a mixed programme, including investment in affordable and intermediate rent, as well as shared ownership and helping people to own their homes.”
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Please see our Ode to John Betjeman
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Proud NIMBYS not BEGGERS
The acronym NIMBY was popularised by Nicholas Ridley, Secretary of State for the Environment in the late 80s, who turned out to be one of the first. Nowadays the term is exploited by politicians and developers as a means of dismissing local people who object to contentious developments on green spaces. But what if groups like The National Trust, Civic Voice, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the recently formed Community Voice on Planning, who together represent the views of many many millions of people across the country, object to the very same thing? Is the whole country now a “nimby” when so many are standing up for it? What about the BEGGERS (Build on Every Green Glade and Every Rural Space)?