Monday, 16 June 2008

Affordable housing "the key to future council plans"

Affordable housing should be at the heart of any future council development plans in Wrecsam.
That's the view of Plaid Cymru councillor Carrie Harper, who today challenged the council's draft Local Development Plan.
She said: "Our last Development Plan overshot its target for housing by 40% and house prices have trebled in the borough over the past 10 years. Wrecsam became a free-for-all for housing developers looking to make a quick buck and local people lost out as a result.
 "We need safeguards to ensure the housing targets are not overshot again."
The Queensway councillor added: "The next Local Development Plan is based on future migrations trends from the north-west of England into the area rather than local need for more affordable housing. So in fact the plan contains nothing 'local' at all."
Carrie Harper said she was disappointed that there seemed to be no alternatives being offered other than to simply continue the same failed policy of allowing more non-local development at the same rate as we've seen over recent years.
She added: "Other areas are using imaginative housing policies such as Community Land Trusts to develop alternative affordable housing. We don't think there's one simple answer to the problem but an imaginative range of policies, such as those adopted in Yorkshire and Powys, can go a long way to our over-reliance on simply building more and more houses."
Plaid councillors on the council are arguing that the Local Development Plan, which will plot the council's strategy until 2021, needs to avoid some of the errors made in the last plan.


Dba said...

with regards to homes for locals part share in rhostyllen clwyd alyn have these homes unsold,local people still cant afford them,and they have to come from the village even if they do want to buy into it, with regards to stock transfer,all over the country housing assocations are in debt,with the stock transfer going to RSL housing assocations,so only option is sell the estates of

Firgrove Court is being demolished for a car park for a superstore,
part of the unwanted town centre redevelopment. Earlier in the year,
garages with asbestos roofs were demolished, with no special
precautions taken to deal with the asbestos. Farnborough town centre
is now little more than a ghost town, having been destroyed by KPI, a
Kuwaiti-financed front-company for St Modwen (who have an excellent
track track record of destroying town centres).here is to be a meeting
in the near future to discuss the demolition of maisonettes in
Selborne Avenue in Aldershot. The tenants have yet to be told, they
will be the last people to be informed, let alone consulted.

At least one bank has refused to extend any further credit or loans to
Housing Associations. Several housing associations are known to be in
financial trouble. Pavilion is rumoured to be one of them. The Housing
Corporation knows which ones, but won't say.

and still with housing assocations doing a 30 year forcast there still going bust,nice little earner somewhere there for the directors, all looks good on paper,but what is the real agenda of RSL, estates,sell the land of springs to mind,
homes for locals,housing assocations idea is to buy into them,bail them out,high rents
and down the road in nanwich and crewe

Plenty of Rachmans around.
17.06.2008 10:22

This is not an isolated case as Wulvern Housing, based in Crewe and
Nantwich, is adopting a similar policy. It is reported that the Chief
Executive, one Sue Lock, tells her colleagues that their housing is
for the underclass. This attitude prevails, they have told tenants
that they want more "business" people on their board and on
committees. So, the plan is to replace tenants with the local bent
masonic brothers who will no doubt go along with their schemes to
demolish homes and sell sites to developers.

They have also sent a "survey" asking for personal data and more. It
is supposed to be confidential but has people's name and address on

Tenants who try to tackle issues with them, such as why they don't
comply with the Housing Act in maintaining properties, find themselves
the subject of vicious gossip from employees who delight in spreading
this round to neighbours etc.

Mention the Data Protection Act and they look puzzled, it seems they
are totally ignorant of this legislation. Their employees pass on all
manner of personal information with no redress.

There is a similar ignorance of asbestos regulations as they failed to
advise tenants they had asbestos in and around their properties. They
removed some of this illegally and it was only when contractors
appeared that people found out what was there. The local council are
in bed with them and didn't want to get involved. A survey undertaken
resulted in the surveyor stating, "they should be prosecuted" we shall

The latest ploy is to demolish houses and flats and then build housing
to buy. They all run round in cars and have the latest £300 mobile
phones given to them. Meanwhile the tenants cannot get repairs done.
Housing can best be described as squalid.

Rachman is alive and well in the social housing sector in the UK.

Dba said...

25 There are 54,000 properties in Wrexham. 64 per cent of these are owner–occupied (34,400), 26 per cent are rented from the Council (14,000), 7 per cent are privately rented (4,000) and 3 per cent belong to housing associations (1,600).

26 A housing needs survey conducted by the Council in 1997 predicted there would be a net shortfall of housing by 2004. The survey identified a lack of 1,950 homes, particularly of one bedroom accommodation.

27 A private sector stock condition survey was also undertaken in 1997. This identified that 3,276 properties (6.5 per cent of the total stock) were unfit. However this figure rose dramatically for housing in the private rented sector. It also revealed that 92 per cent of unfit stock was built before 1919. The cost of remedying this unfitness was estimated at £30m at 1997 prices.

Dba said...

My main cocern with the above metioned,if the stock transfer of council housing is handed ocer RSL [housing asscations] and they build part ownership,to get them out of financial problems,and it all goes wrong,happened, all over the uk,where will this leave the tenants who have bought in to the housing market?we need more cards on the table of RSL,not for them to capatilise on this,
The Housing Corporation (the industry regulator) has identified up to 10 housing associations which are facing a 'heightened risk' because of their exposure to a downturn in the property market. They do not say which. But do say with plummeting property prices and the increasing reliance on asset stripping to stay afloat, some associations have less than 20 months of credit in place. Or put simply, in 20 months they will run out of liquidity, be unable to pay their way, or in other words, bankrupt.
hence part ownership

Plaid Whitegate said...

Stock transfer won't create any more affordable housing in Wrexham. It'll just make it more difficult for the council to house people on the waiting list, reduce accountability and (as you point out above) run the risk of the banks taking over vast swathes of our social housing.
I wonder how many stock transfers we'll see now the credit crunch is hitting the financial markets?

Dba said...

well we do have the welsh assembley in favour of stock transfer,perhaps they will give more money to A RSL,that they have done allready this year,in the end it will cost the tax payers more when it goes terribley wrong. stock transfer to RSL