THE NEW PARTY-Call for ‘Free-Zones’ to Create New Homes and Jobs

From: The New Party
Published: Mon Apr 25 2005

The New Party is calling for local councils to be able to create ‘Free-Zones’ where planning restrictions will be suspended for new housing developments, dependent on the creation of new and sustainable jobs. The New Party has also today (Monday) submitted a petition to this effect to the Scottish Parliament.

New Party spokesman Dr Nigel Knight comments:

"Excessive planning restrictions and bureaucratic procedures have held up badly needed developments. Our proposals would encourage go-ahead councils to improve matters in a way that would increase house-building and create jobs."

The shortage of land with planning consent has resulted in an annual shortfall of 70,000-120,000 new homes. This has pushed house prices to dangerous levels. Fewer new homes were built in 2004 than at any time since the war, and Britain’s ‘green belt’ is actually expanding not contracting.

The planning system is aggravating the housing shortage, it is diminishing the amenity of established communities and it is doing nothing for job creation.

The House Builders Federation (HBF) has also commented:

"The next Government must concentrate on increasing the supply of all types of homes, not just measures that subsidise demand, if we are to meet people’s needs and take into account the public’s views on planning and development. We believe current planning policy is misaligned with what home buyers actually want." Rob Ashmead, Chief Executive.

The New Party has proposed a range of measures to improve the social and financial circumstances of individuals as well as the national economy. Previous press releases are attached at the end of this notice.
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Notes for editors:
1. Green belt land is increasing by 30,000 acres per year according to the House Builders Federation.
2. A great deal of farming land has been taken out of production
3. New homes are typically four to eight times more energy efficient than old Victorian houses.
4. A petition in support of this proposal will be submitted to the Scottish Parliament. This will be handed over on 25 April at 1pm in the Scottish Parliament's Lawn Gallery by New Party Scottish spokesman David McFarlane. Press packs will be available and there will be an opportunity for photographs and/or interviews Our proposal would encourage more integrated housing developments with local work opportunities
5. Additional information on this proposal is available at:
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7. The Labour & Conservative parties have now held exclusive power for over 80 years
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