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Major Parties Unveil Ambitious Plans for Housing Development in England

In a bid to address the country’s chronic housing shortage, major parties have announced significant plans to build new homes and revamp existing infrastructure within their 2024 Manifestos. The Labour Party, Conservative Party, Reform Party, Liberal Democrats, and Green Party have all outlined their strategies to tackle the issue, each with its own approach.

The Labour Party has pledged to build 1.5 million homes over the next five years, focusing on social and affordable housing. The party also plans to preserve the Green Belt while releasing “lower quality” land for development, and build new towns and communities across England.

The Conservative Party has announced a new national housing target of 1.6 million homes in England, a 7% increase from the current target of 1.5 million homes. The party aims to provide more homes for families and individuals across the country, and has committed to protecting the Green Belt by maintaining a “cast-iron commitment” to protect it from uncontrolled development.

The Reform Party is focused on fast-tracking planning and offering tax incentives for development of brownfield sites, including unused offices and vacant high street properties. They also propose reviewing the system of Section 106 Developer Contributions for infrastructure such as schools and surgeries to accelerate house building.

The Liberal Democrats aim to build homes through neighbourhood planning, garden cities, and reforming the Land Compensation Act to ensure affordable and social housing. They aim to encourage development of existing brownfield sites, introduce a “use-it-or-lose-it” planning permission, and invest in skills and training for the construction sector.

The Green Party’s “Right Homes, Right Place, Right Price Charter” prioritises protecting the Green Belt to discourage large-scale developments, ensuring that new housing developments are built with energy efficiency in mind.

As the country grapples with the issue of housing shortages, these announcements are likely to have a significant impact on the future of England’s housing landscape, and development plans.

Join Halletec Environmental at the Market Drayton Election Hustings on Monday 17th June (6:15pm-8:15pm), at the Festival Drayton Centre, where parliamentary candidates will respond to questions by the chair, and the public.



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