A Sustainable Housing Strategy

A Sustainable Housing Strategy

2019 Manifesto, Housing
The Liberal Democrats will lay out our position unequivocally; where housing is both affordable and sustainable, we will support it. The truth is that Labour’s local housing plans are neither. It is vital for both current and future residents that adequate infrastructure is in place ahead of any development in North Derbyshire. There are over 12,000 houses proposed in Labour’s local plans and already approved speculative developments across North Derbyshire. These plans will have significant impacts on our schools, GP services and roads. These problem developments are why the Liberal Democrats propose building away from already overloaded roads, and we will avoid having large scale developments in or close to existing settlements. The Liberal Democrats have opposed Labour's local plans by submitting motions and formal objections. The District Councils are…
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Proposed Development of 67 Houses will effectively merge Tupton and Wingerworth

Proposed Development of 67 Houses will effectively merge Tupton and Wingerworth

Community, Housing
Cllr David Hancock has again slammed Labour's lack of a local plan and the Conservatives' aggressive planning policies as Tupton and Wingerworth face yet another proposed development, which would effectively merge the two villages. Speaking with Wings magazine's John Winter, Cllr Hancock said: "I have raised concerns on numerous occasions that the continuing development of Wingerworth and Tupton will lead to the whole area becoming a suburb of Chesterfield city. This proposal is the final step towards merging Tupton and Wingerworth - even the initial application letter announces the developer's intention that the Wingerworth based site be considered an extension of Tupton. This is simply not acceptable. "I have the good fortune to represent sizable areas of both villages and they have their own unique identities and that needs to…
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Moran: Rough sleeping shames our whole country

Moran: Rough sleeping shames our whole country

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have today called for cross-party support for Layla Moran's Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act following the publication of official figures which reveal there were 4,677 rough sleepers across England in Autumn 2018.Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: “The fact that thousands of people sleep rough every night shames our whole country. These figures don’t even capture the many more ‘hidden homeless’ in insecure and unsuitable accommodation. “Even worse, hundreds of homeless people die each year, as the tragic death of Kane Walker in Birmingham on Sunday reminded us. The Tories are failing our most vulnerable people."The Liberal Democrats demand better. We want the Government to be building up to 100,000 social homes a year, provide accommodation and support to those in need, and finally back my Bill to…
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Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Consultation, Environment, Housing
Following recent controversial planning decisions by North East Derbyshire District Council, N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Hancock has called for an urgent investigation into the integrity of the Council’s planning process. Recently, in Tupton, a controversial housing development was approved by the Planning Committee despite concerns raised over highway access and other infrastructure related issues. On the Hunloke Estate (also part of the Tupton Ward) plans for a Travellers’ Site on a children’s play area were submitted to the Planning Inspector as part of the Council’s Local Plan. NEDDC then attempted to withdraw the site following concerns raised over highway access from the A61, claiming that they hadn’t realised the proximity to the Hanging Banks development – despite both being around the corner from the NEDDC offices! Councillor…
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Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Housing
Responding to calls from housing charity Shelter for more social housing, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse MP said: “Conservative Ministers have neglected social housing for far too long. The housing crisis is leaving people unable to afford a home of their own or, even worse, without a roof over their head. “Councils building social homes for rent is not only the quickest and most cost-effective way to produce the maximum amount of homes, but it is so important due to the secure tenancy they offer vulnerable tenants." "The Liberal Democrats welcome Shelter’s call for funding and more social housing. The current lack of social housing results in housing benefit going into the hands of private landlords, rather than councils. What is stopping this from changing is simply the lack…
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North East Derbyshire District Council criticised for selling land and approving 193 executive homes in Tupton

North East Derbyshire District Council criticised for selling land and approving 193 executive homes in Tupton

Housing, Uncategorized
In February 2018, North East Derbyshire District Council recently agreed to take out a £8.663million in borrowing to facilitate the development of the land off Ankerbold Road, Tupton by the Northwood Group, an entity which is controlled by North East Derbyshire District Council in conjunction with private developers. On 18th December 2018, North East Derbyshire District Council planning committee approve a planning application submitted by the Northwood Group to build 193 executive homes on the site. 10 voted FOR and 4 AGAINST. LEFT TO RIGHT: Cllr David Hancock, Cllr Pam Windley and Ross Shipman Liberal Democrats Councillor for the Tupton ward on NEDDC, David Hancock said: "North East Derbyshire Labour have forced through this vanity project because of the money it will generate and ignored the hundreds of objections from local…
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Tupton: Proposed Ankerbold Road Development

Tupton: Proposed Ankerbold Road Development

Consultation, Housing
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tupton, David Hancock, has again called on the Council to reject the current planning application from Northwood. In a public statement, Cllr Hancock said: The proposed development of the field on Ankerbold Road has become a topic for discussion again following revised plans being submitted. Firstly, I will lay out my position unequivocally. Where housing is both affordable and sustainable I will support it. The truth is that the proposed Ankerbold Road development is neither. I have seen NEDDC and members and supporters of the controlling Labour group suggest that the proposed development is to provide adequate housing for our children and grandchildren. I genuinely wish that was true - but these are not starter homes. The plans are available online for anyone to verify the…
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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Labour-run Bolsover District Council attacked for ‘useless’ local plan consultation

Labour-run Bolsover District Council attacked for ‘useless’ local plan consultation

Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveals that less than 1% of the Bolsover District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval.626 organisations and individuals submitted 907 representations, a whopping 78.5% were objections to the Labour authorities local plan. A staggering 90% of the respondents were submitted by Clowne Residents.During the consultation, Bolsover District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 77 out of 77,000 attended those events - 7 of those were Councillors - which the Lib Dems say 'shows just how useless the Consultation was.' Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "How Bolsover District Council can say this is a consultation is beyond me and an insult to the…
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Lib Dems launch cross-party petition calling on the Labour Party to ‘Slam their local plan’ in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover

Lib Dems launch cross-party petition calling on the Labour Party to ‘Slam their local plan’ in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover

Housing, Representation
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats have launched two cross-party petitions for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover residents to sign. The petition demands that the local plans submitted to the inspectorate by the Labour-led authorities are scrap and that a proper accessible consultation is carried out. North East Derbyshire District Council's local plan was suppose to be implemented in 2014, but was only submitted in Jun 2018 to the planning inspectorate for approval. There will now be a public inquiry will begin w/c 12 November 2018 w/c 19 November 2018 w/c 3 December 2018. Bolsover District Council are even further behind than North East Derbyshire District Council, as their local plan was only submitted to the planning inspectorate on 31st August 2018. The public inquiry is due in the new year. If you are…
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