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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 AvatarMatthew Huntbach 31st Oct - 2:08pm
    RC Those who want to tax London even more than it is taxed at present need to answer why those with modest standards of living...
  • User AvatarT-J 31st Oct - 2:08pm
    Both are correct. It is inhuman and discreditable that people who could be saved are being left to drown for the convenience of the well-off...
  • User Avatarbenj 31st Oct - 2:00pm
    The rental value of land in London and the SE is about £100bn per year more than these regions pay in taxes. This subsidy goes...
  • User AvatarGareth Epps 31st Oct - 2:00pm
    Well said Chris. It is incoherent to propose the slashing of the local government budget including social care at the same time as its integration...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 31st Oct - 1:59pm
    Dav But this is not the case in London: there is a finite amount of land within the M25, and it is pretty much all...
  • User AvatarDav 31st Oct - 1:55pm
    A house that I was lucky enough to be able to buy 22 years ago for around £100,000 will now sell for six times that...