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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 AvatarRoland 25th Apr - 9:35am
    Apologies to all for my extensive digression and particularly to Alex Sabine who has made several very good on topic contributions that may have been...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 25th Apr - 9:33am
    Honestly speaking, the best solution for England in my opinion would be regional assemblies (but not the euro regions) which could then always set up...
  • User AvatarRoland 25th Apr - 9:31am
    @Michael BG - Think what is actually putting people off is the way adults/parents talk about it being a loan and debt as if it...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 25th Apr - 9:17am
    In my experience, most people in the south east would want an English parliament. Most people in the rest of England don't really want another...
  • User Avatartonyhill 25th Apr - 9:05am
    The things that our grandparents or great grandparents experienced during the Great War still have consequences that ripple down through the generations. One of my...
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    "Now Nick has joined in by saying any Labour government that relied on the votes of Scottish MPs would lack legitimacy. Is this the official...
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