Green Party response to Government Housing Proposals

14 February 2017

Here in Mid Suffolk there are over 2,300 planning permissions granted and waiting to be built. I agree with Fiona Cairns (This won’t fix the housing crisis – Letters 11 Feb 2017) that this issue is in the hands of the developers however as the opposition group at the Council we have continually put forward ideas to help solve this.
Currently Mid Suffolk District Council has a fund of over £9 million which comes from New Homes Bonus. This is the money that Government gives councils for each house built and works out at approximately £6,000 per new dwelling (over a five year period). A further £2 million will be received in 2017/18.
We are submitting an amendment to the budget for 2017/18 to request that some of this money is set aside as a fund to kick-start these developments – and that someone is hired in a “negotiator” type role to help get this done. We suggested this last year – and the year before – but the money keeps adding up year after year and the problem remains the same.
Yours sincerely, 

Rachel Eburne
Mid Suffolk District Councillor
- Ward Member for Haughley and Wetherden
- Chair of Scrutiny Committee

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