Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Strategic Housing Framework: more action, less words needed

Last week the Council approved its Strategic Housing Framework. It was a bit of a disappointment.

We all know about the shortage of affordable housing in Cornwall so:

1. Why nothing on an effective incentive scheme to encourage people to downsize where appropriate to their needs? (It is said that 3,580 households in Cornwall are living in overcrowded conditions.)

2. Why did the Council fail to apply to the £3.2 billion Government fund for money for affordable homes? A bidding round closed on 30th April.

3.  There are opportunities to exempt areas from the right to buy legislation but the Council appears to have done nothing about this.

This Council needs to spend less time on its 'Frameworks' and  more taking practical steps to alleviate the affordable housing shortage.

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