Planning and Local Democracy

Planning is a red hot local issue in Elmbridge, a borough which is 57% greenbelt. I have regularly posted comment on the need to protect the greenbelt, but also address the lack of affordable housing locally. The South East plan imposed top-down targets of nearly 6,000 new housing units in Elmbridge. The newly elected government […]

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Getting on the Housing Ladder in Elmbridge

The new government has taken decisive steps to preserve our greenbelt and open spaces from concrete – scrapping the South East Plan and announcing plans to put communities (not Whitehall) in charge of planning policy. But there remains considerable demand for affordable housing in Elmbridge – households on the local authority register for social housing […]

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Government Scraps South East Plan

This week, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced that the government is scrapping all Regional Strategies, which impose top-down housing targets on local communities. Here in Elmbridge, the South East Plan had piled the pressure on our greenbelt, and other open spaces, by dictating the building of almost 6,000 new housing units. Mr Pickles has written […]

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Accomodating Housing in Elmbridge

On Friday, I braved the elements to meet with Elmbridge Housing Trust, to learn more about pressures on housing across the borough. I met with Managing Director, Scott Baxendale, and heard about the range of services the Trust provides. As well as dealing with housing, it is the eyes and ears for other economic and […]

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