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Only Labour have the solution to the Runnymede housing crisis, says Labour’s new Parliamentary Candidate

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Arran Neathey, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Runnymede and Weybridge condemns Runnymede Council’s housing plan.


“Runnymede Council’s local plan is yet another example of the Tory councillors being indifferent, inactive and incompetent,” according to Arran Neathey, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Runnymede and Weybridge.

Arran Neathey says that “ an, in depth review into housing policy by the Labour Party has found that, “the levels of house building under this government have dropped to  the lowest in peacetime Britain since the 1920s.”

Conservative Runnymede Borough Council recently found themselves having to shelve housing and development plans after an independent inspection by David Hogger. The inspector found that Conservative Runnymede council had failed to find, “opportunities to meet the development needs of Runnymede,” in terms of housing, with substantial failings in regards to employment needs and housing provisions.  The withdrawal of the local plan means that at the moment, the Conservative council are currently without any form of plan in place for the area.

David Hogger – an independent inspector has described this council’s, “approach to identifying and seeking to meet housing demand,” as, “inadequate, insufficiently up-to-date, and not reflective of all relevant market and economic signals.” Arran Neathey claims this is “A damning verdict on local failure by our local Council”

The Labour housing report, named the Lyons Report after its author, Sir Michael Lyons, highlighted a malfunctioning land market that is, “not working,” with a, “decline in house building capacity,” and, “communities feeling that they have no influence where new homes will go.” The report set out policies that Labour is expected to adopt in it 2015 manifesto to tackle the housing crisis.

“The Lyons report produced for Labour sets out a plan to allow first time buyers in Runnymede to fulfil their aspirations and get themselves on the housing ladder,” explained Arran Neathey. “It will prevent the shambles we have seen recently from the Conservatives at both local and national level, from continuing any further.”

The report was welcomed by Mike Quinton, Chief Executive of the National House Builders Council, who acknowledged Labour’s commitment to put housing at the top of the policy agenda, with the UK currently having a, “chronic shortage of new homes.”

If put into effect, the Lyons review would enable the government to force inactive Councils such as the Conservative run Runnymede borough council, to formulate plans for homebuilding in their area, and to organise the allocation of land for development to meet the needs of people in the area, meaning they can no longer ignore the problems. It would also give First-time buyers priority access when new homes go on sale in the area.

“I fully support the Lyons report and the answers it gives to questions ignored by the Conservative councillors,” explained Arran Neathey, “The Tories can no longer just ignore the problems with housing in Runnymede. They must be tackled, and the conservatives are not the ones who are going to do it. It is evident from this report that it is only the Labour Party who are going to find a way of sorting this issue.”

Note1: the Runnymede and Weybridge Constituency covers the whole of Runnymede Borough plus the Weybridge wards from Elmbridge Borough.

Note2: the Lyons review can be found in full here: http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/uploads/editor/files/The_Lyons_Housing_Review_2.pdf

Note3: For further information contact Arran Neathey by replying to this email aneathey.labour@outlook.com

Or the office of Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Spokesperson on Housing 0207 219 3000

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