Archive for the ‘Housing’ Category

Housing in Rural Surrey: Affordable or Otherwise

by Roger Abbott on 7 March, 2017

The term “affordable housing” has always been a nonsense. I suspect it was invented by Alistair Campbell (or one of Blair’s other spin doctors) to cover over the fact that local councils had been forced to sell off all their housing stock for a pittance. Since then the term has been abused by just about […]

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The Green Belt And Why It Is Important

by Roger Abbott on 12 November, 2016

For my first entry to this blog, maybe I should say something about the Green Belt and why it is so important to me. In my youth,I lived in a village where, because of the acute post-war housing shortage, huge numbers of houses were built on land that was then similar to the Green Belt […]

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Housing is top priorty for Lib Dems

by Mike Ward on 3 October, 2015

The Lib Dem fight back is in full force and it was on show at Conference. Our membership has grown by more than a third since the election and it was the first Conference speech from our new Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron MP. Tim spoke passionately about his main priority – housing. Stating that […]

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Tim Farron elected Leader

by Mike Ward on 21 July, 2015

I welcome the election of Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. Tim Farron said that under his leadership, the party would oppose the cuts to tax credits and other benefits in the Conservative’s budget and push for greater spending on infrastructure such as transport and broadband. […]

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Some thoughts on the summer budget

by Mike Ward on 10 July, 2015

Anyone interested in the details of summer budget can find some useful briefings and information here: BBC Local Government Association Liberal Democrats Our party spent five years preventing the Conservatives from implementing policies that we felt were unfair, as well as introducing distinctive Liberal Democrat policies that made our recovery fairer and more sustainable. Sadly, […]

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Mole Valley set to drop Green Belt review?

by Mike Ward on 27 October, 2014

Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt review looks set to be dropped following a recent debate on a motion to stop it. The motion itself was withdrawn but the Executive member responsible indicated that he was minded to cease work on it, saying “the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than […]

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Green Belt Review Consultation details revealed

by Mike Ward on 27 December, 2013

Mole Valley District Council is consulting on around 70 potential sites where up to 1,000 homes and some traveller sites could be built in the Green Belt on the edges of towns and villages. The proposals result from the District Council seeking to meet a target of providing 3,760 new homes in the District in […]

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Kiln Lane Brockham – 3rd application refused

by Mike Ward on 22 October, 2013

A 3rd application for a new housing development at Kiln Lane in Brockham has been refused. This time the request was for 34 houses of which 15 were ‘affordable’. This follows two previous applications that were rejected for 45 and 44 houses. The rejection of the first application was confirmed by the appeal decision made […]

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A development 10 properties next to the Village Hall that will be classed as affordable has been approved by the Council’s Development Control Committee subject to meeting a number of conditions, including moving the access to the Village Hall car park. There will be a mix of 1,2 & 3 bed properties. This is exactly […]

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Locals to get better share of social housing?

by Mike Ward on 15 August, 2013

My colleague Paul Potter, Mole Valley District Councillor for Brockham, Betchworth & Buckland, is trying to get a better deal for local residents when it comes to allocating social housing. He wants villagers to have more chance of being able to remain in the village where they grew up or have family, work or school […]

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