AFFORDABLE HOMES AND PLANNING POLICY PAPER

Southwark Liberal Democrats have today published our manifesto policy paper on Affordable Homes and Planning.  

Read the Affordable Homes and Planning manifesto policy paper

It outlines a number of key priorities including:

  • Stopping Labour’s mass sell-off of council homes and build new ones across the borough.
  • Bringing fairness to council housing waiting lists and help people to swap homes more easily.
  • Fixing the repairs service by offering one-hour time slots and sorting out other problems during the same visit.
  • Putting right Labour’s ‘Warm, Dry & Safe’ sham by giving tenants the basics they deserve like block decorations, dealing with damp and replacing kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Stopping the rip-off of leaseholders by getting value for money from contracts and making bills more transparent, including photographic evidence of work.
  • Fighting for 1 in 3 homes in every new development to be affordable.
  • Bringing empty homes back into use, turning neglected and forgotten properties into council homes.
  • Getting tough on rogue private landlords and unfair letting agent charges.
  • Helping those on middle incomes who don’t qualify for council housing but can’t afford to buy outright by increasing the amount of shared ownership homes.
  • Supporting Simon Hughes MP’s ‘Home not investments’ campaign to stop foreign firms buying up new flats in Southwark as investments and then leaving them empty.
  • Implementing genuine resident-led planning in Southwark to revolutionise the way planning is done here and end Labour’s years of rolling over to developers.
  • Bringing transparency to the planning process by making developers publish their financial figures so we know if residents are getting a good deal.
  • Creating an ambitious new planning vision for Southwark based on mixed communities, green spaces, thriving businesses and high quality amenities.  

Read the full 2014 council elections manifesto at www.southwark-libdems.org.uk/manifesto.