Tag Archives: housing policy

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 AvatarMark Inskip 1st Aug - 10:38pm
    It's Rob's failure to read the big print rather than the fine print that concerns me. He says the TTIP "incorporates and furthers the powers...
  • User AvatarMark Inkip 1st Aug - 10:35pm
    It's Rob's failure to read the big print rather than the fine print that concerns me. He says the TTIP "incorporates and furthers the powers...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 1st Aug - 10:26pm
    At last some common sense! I enjoyed it too, Stephen. But every parent knows what's going on here. Somehow Daddy Richard and others have to...
  • User AvatarChris 1st Aug - 10:14pm
    "It’s a simple fact that Caron’s article was a mistake. " I think you mean 'opinion', not 'fact'.
  • User AvatarStephen Tall 1st Aug - 10:08pm
    I think this is the LDV thread I've enjoyed most in the site's history. Thank you, all. Also, as we don't have a 'Like' button,...
  • User AvatarKatherine Hesketh-Holt 1st Aug - 9:46pm
    I agree with @caracatus although I feel that the party can only do so much on this issue when it is such a massive issue...