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“Homeowners could get payout if house values fall” – Nick Clegg on garden cities

In an unexpected intervention – an interview on BBC’s “Countryfile”, Nick Clegg has suggested that existing homeowners in areas where new garden cities are to be built could be compensated for any fall in value that might be caused by the building work;

We could maybe give deductions on council tax over a period of time during which the garden city is being built, we could possibly also say to those homeowners where they think the price of their homes will be effected, we will guarantee the price of their home, by buying it, if you like, up front.”

The …

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Has Nick Boles given the kiss of life to localism?

Announcements come out of the communities department at all times of the day and night these days it seems. Rather before most of us were awake on Thursday morning, the department slipped out a statement that may just breathe life into the flagging localism project.

Coming hours after the appearance of planning minister Nick Boles on Newsnight on Wednesday, the statement gave a firm commitment that communities will soon benefit from development on their patch.

The plan is that parish and town councils will get a sizeable share of the community infrastructure levy imposed on most new developments. At …

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Independent View: What now for housing policy?

As the coalition approaches the halfway point of the Parliament, Liberal Democrats are in search of policies that demonstrate their distinctive contribution to government – especially on the crucial issue of growth. Pre-conference briefing suggests that leading party figures see affordable house building as a leading option. They are right to do so. It would boost demand, create jobs, and meet a pressing social need. The Tories are focused on reforming the planning system, but evidence suggests this is a tough political sell. Efforts to finance house building through clever Treasury wheezes that try to circumvent borrowing constraints have …

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  • User AvatarMichael Kilpatrick 20th Sep - 2:46pm
    Roland makes a good point of urban-centric ideas, as typified by Nick Cleggs thoughts on special city powers. Large transport infrastructure and other developments are...
  • User AvatarPeter 20th Sep - 2:45pm
    I haven't seen or heard Nick Clegg for weeks. Has he been hiding in the same deep hole?
  • User AvatarRoland 20th Sep - 2:34pm
    David, the obvious solution to the specific example you give (ie. HS2) is for Westminster to throw the HS2 legislation into the long grass and...
  • User AvatarSteve Coltman 20th Sep - 2:28pm
    I agree with Charlie, more or less. At any rate, County-level devolution should be seriously considered along with the alternatives. In my earlier post I...
  • User AvatarRabi Martins 20th Sep - 2:27pm
    Can you tell us who the 16 BAME PPCs are please Thanks
  • User AvatarMichael Kilpatrick 20th Sep - 2:19pm
    Yorkshire Guidon, of course I'm not suggesting a rural Cambs authority with powers equal to Greater Manchester. I don't why you thought I was. I...