Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Derby

May 13, 2017 7:49 AM

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Derby and build more affordable homes.

The most recent figures show over 4700 families in Derby are on the waiting list for council homes, up from 4300 in 2015.

In addition, official figures show nearly 4500 homes in Derby have been empty for over six months.

Cllr Lucy Care said "With numbers of homes needed and empty properties so closely matching it is really frustrating that the Council seems powerless to make much difference. Liberal Democrats want to change that."

The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

The party would allow local authorities to raise council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Derby North, Lucy Care, commented:
"Thousands of families in Derby are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call home.

"Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.

"At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used.

"The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

"A Conservative landslide would allow the government to continue to take people for granted. That would mean years more soaring rents, empty homes blighting areas and failure to build enough affordable housing.

"A better future is available. Have hope, vote Liberal Democrat and we can change Britain's future and find the homes Derby needs."