Labour's hat-trick

Labour's hat-trick

Labour's hat-trick

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CONGRATULATIONS to James Alexander for breaking a third housing record in three years (“Drop in the number of affordable homes built in York”, The Press, September 1).

In 2011/12, a record low of 321 net housing completions was achieved in York, under Labour.

In the same year a record low of 174 housing planning consents was achieved in York, under Labour.

Now we hear that a record low of 47 affordable homes was achieved in York in 2013/14, again under Labour.

What happened to Labour’s manifesto pledge to deliver more affordable housing in York?

It seems that the council’s Get York Building initiative has had the reverse effect on housebuilding.

Maybe those who have been telling the council they’ve got their housing policies wrong, were in fact right after all?

Paul S Cordock, Durlston Drive, Strensall.

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11:35am Thu 4 Sep 14

Badgers Drift says...

Where are you James, Tracey and Mr Merrett?

Come on, lets be having you........

Awaiting your explanations, excuses and apologies for getting housing policy so wrong.

Concentrating on a long term Local Plan which will never deliver, instead
of instigating the obvious stimulus by scrapping S106 affordable (social) housing requirements, has failed miserably!
Where are you James, Tracey and Mr Merrett? Come on, lets be having you........ Awaiting your explanations, excuses and apologies for getting housing policy so wrong. Concentrating on a long term Local Plan which will never deliver, instead of instigating the obvious stimulus by scrapping S106 affordable (social) housing requirements, has failed miserably! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -30

11:42am Thu 4 Sep 14

AGuyFromStresall says...

It's easy. It's because affordable housing doesn't mean housing people can afford. It means housing if you fall into a very specific category, not housing you can buy if you have an job with an average wage but you have been priced out of the house market
It's easy. It's because affordable housing doesn't mean housing people can afford. It means housing if you fall into a very specific category, not housing you can buy if you have an job with an average wage but you have been priced out of the house market AGuyFromStresall
  • Score: 7

11:52am Thu 4 Sep 14

Badgers Drift says...

Dear James, Tracey & Dave,

I told you so!

LOL :)
Dear James, Tracey & Dave, I told you so! LOL :) Badgers Drift
  • Score: -29

12:11pm Thu 4 Sep 14

The Great Buda says...

So with Laverack licking his wounds after being roundly trounced; he's sent his servent to do his bidding.
So with Laverack licking his wounds after being roundly trounced; he's sent his servent to do his bidding. The Great Buda
  • Score: 21

1:17pm Thu 4 Sep 14

meme says...

Its a real issue, this business of affordable, as it undoubtedly makes some developments unviable so the supply drops yet politicians don't see beyond this as political dogma and insist they put social rented homes into developments, pepper potted, as that is considered politically correct
The figures do tell a damning story. Something is stopping people building in York and its not the market.... so it has to be the system. Perhaps Badger has a point. .......Do the majority suffer due to the requirements of the politicians for a minority?
I don't know the answers but if we are to solve this housing shortage something needs doing about the system which is not working
AND if new rules come in its just going to get worse as the affordable threshold in numbers will be lowered significantly
Its a real issue, this business of affordable, as it undoubtedly makes some developments unviable so the supply drops yet politicians don't see beyond this as political dogma and insist they put social rented homes into developments, pepper potted, as that is considered politically correct[ but they don't mix them up on Council sites so they must be a different type of person!] The figures do tell a damning story. Something is stopping people building in York and its not the market.... so it has to be the system. Perhaps Badger has a point. .......Do the majority suffer due to the requirements of the politicians for a minority? I don't know the answers but if we are to solve this housing shortage something needs doing about the system which is not working AND if new rules come in its just going to get worse as the affordable threshold in numbers will be lowered significantly meme
  • Score: -11

1:57pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Badgers Drift says...

The Great Buda wrote:
So with Laverack licking his wounds after being roundly trounced; he's sent his servent to do his bidding.
Ha ha ha...

They don't like it up 'em, Capt Mannering!

In your dreams.... Matthew never gets trounced by the Labour looneys.

and I'm no one's servant!
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: So with Laverack licking his wounds after being roundly trounced; he's sent his servent to do his bidding.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha... They don't like it up 'em, Capt Mannering! In your dreams.... Matthew never gets trounced by the Labour looneys. and I'm no one's servant! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -33

2:13pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Badgers Drift says...

meme wrote:
Its a real issue, this business of affordable, as it undoubtedly makes some developments unviable so the supply drops yet politicians don't see beyond this as political dogma and insist they put social rented homes into developments, pepper potted, as that is considered politically correct The figures do tell a damning story. Something is stopping people building in York and its not the market.... so it has to be the system. Perhaps Badger has a point. .......Do the majority suffer due to the requirements of the politicians for a minority? I don't know the answers but if we are to solve this housing shortage something needs doing about the system which is not working AND if new rules come in its just going to get worse as the affordable threshold in numbers will be lowered significantly
Res ipsa loquitur, meme!

York's housing outturn figures don't lie, but, politicians unfortunately do, and make promises they can't keep/achieve/deliver
!

The Local Plan does indeed propose to lower the threshold for affordable housing requirements, meaning urban sites of up to 14 units which currently don't have to provide any AH or contributions, will if the LP is adopted (that's a big 'if'). This will mean a site of 14 units will have to pay a commuted sum of over £300,000 - which will kill most if not all small schemes dead in the water, just like the 50% AH policy did. this will result in the remaining small builders who haven't already gone bust or packed up, also ceasing to trade. It's sheer madness by ideological politicised idiots!
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Its a real issue, this business of affordable, as it undoubtedly makes some developments unviable so the supply drops yet politicians don't see beyond this as political dogma and insist they put social rented homes into developments, pepper potted, as that is considered politically correct[ but they don't mix them up on Council sites so they must be a different type of person!] The figures do tell a damning story. Something is stopping people building in York and its not the market.... so it has to be the system. Perhaps Badger has a point. .......Do the majority suffer due to the requirements of the politicians for a minority? I don't know the answers but if we are to solve this housing shortage something needs doing about the system which is not working AND if new rules come in its just going to get worse as the affordable threshold in numbers will be lowered significantly[/p][/quote]Res ipsa loquitur, meme! York's housing outturn figures don't lie, but, politicians unfortunately do, and make promises they can't keep/achieve/deliver ! The Local Plan does indeed propose to lower the threshold for affordable housing requirements, meaning urban sites of up to 14 units which currently don't have to provide any AH or contributions, will if the LP is adopted (that's a big 'if'). This will mean a site of 14 units will have to pay a commuted sum of over £300,000 - which will kill most if not all small schemes dead in the water, just like the 50% AH policy did. this will result in the remaining small builders who haven't already gone bust or packed up, also ceasing to trade. It's sheer madness by ideological politicised idiots! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -53

4:58pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bravo whisky says...

This housing mess is all that can be expected from alexander and the inner circle.
This housing mess is all that can be expected from alexander and the inner circle. bravo whisky
  • Score: -27

12:22am Fri 5 Sep 14

Badgers Drift says...

Lots of negative scores, but, where are the comments defending these appalling housing numbers and the failed housing policies?

As usual when it comes to the hard facts, Labour councillors, their supporters/apologist
s and the council run a mile, because they have no defence. They know they are in the wrong, have failed with their policies and made a bad situation worse.

The best thing they can do is resign, because in the real world that's what honest people do when they have ****ed up!
Lots of negative scores, but, where are the comments defending these appalling housing numbers and the failed housing policies? As usual when it comes to the hard facts, Labour councillors, their supporters/apologist s and the council run a mile, because they have no defence. They know they are in the wrong, have failed with their policies and made a bad situation worse. The best thing they can do is resign, because in the real world that's what honest people do when they have ****ed up! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -60

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