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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May is hypocritical on social housing

May is hypocritical on social housing

Housing
Responding to Theresa May’s speech to the National Housing Federation this morning, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: "How can Theresa May keep a straight face when criticising politicians for continuing to ‘look down’ on those in social housing? It has been her party that has eradicated social homes for rent right across the UK. Nothing short of hypocritical. “When Liberal Democrats were in Government the net stock of social housing increased for the first time in decades, but left to their own devices the Tories have presided over an embarrassing and disgraceful decline. “Ministers must take the housing crisis seriously and empower local councils to build. That is why the Liberal Democrats would lift the borrowing cap on all local authorities and are calling for a minimum of…
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Progress still to be made on tenant rights

Progress still to be made on tenant rights

Housing
Speaking after the Tenant Fees Bill progressed through the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “Tenant fees are often unreasonable, lack transparency and make the upfront costs of moving extortionate. People should not be punished for moving home. That is why Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a ban on tenant fees." "While Government amendments did attempt to close the loopholes in this Bill, the language remains ambiguous on what constitutes a “reasonable cost”. Moreover, without sufficient funding, local authorities will struggle to enforce the ban." “Progress can and must therefore be made on tenant rights. Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for government-backed loans to help people afford a tenancy deposit, and for tighter regulation in the private rented sector to stop rogue landlords.” Cllr…
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Lib Dems force action on empty houses

Lib Dems force action on empty houses

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have claimed victory as the Conservative government bowed to pressure to take decisive action on empty houses, by giving new tax powers for councils. In February 2018, the Liberal Democrats highlighted that over 5,000 homes across Derbyshire were left vacant, some of which had been empty for over 10 years. The government has accepted the principle of an amendment from Lib Dem Peers (Baroness Pinnock and Lord Shipley) to set in place an escalator of council tax charges. This would mean that the longer a property was left empty, the more council tax would have to be paid. Last week Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable called for an increase in council tax for properties that have deliberately been left empty as part of a wide ranging keynote speech…
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North East Derbyshire Labour accused of ‘gambling with tax payers money’

North East Derbyshire Labour accused of ‘gambling with tax payers money’

Housing
North East Derbyshire District Council's ruling Labour group have approved £8,663m in borrowings to loan to the Northwood Group - a joint venture company set up to provide almost 200 houses at the Ankerbold Road site in Tupton - only 39 of which will be classed as affordable homes. The loan is made up of £0.963m in shareholder investment; with a further £7.7m on commercial terms to facilitate the development of Ankerbold Road. The £8.663m in borrowing exceeded the Authorised Borrowing Limit set within the authority's Operational Boundary and Capital Financing Requirements and as such the Council was required to update that policy upon agreeing to borrow the amount. The decision was taken with the public excluded at the Council meeting held on 19th Febuary 2018. [caption id="attachment_2270" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Cllr David Hancock and Ross Shipman have criticised…
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