No More Housing Crisis, But A Home for Everyone

People need homes, but there aren’t enough of them being built for the people of Portsmouth.

  • Far too many new developments in the city are for luxury flats or houses
  • Property developers build these to make money, not to house the homeless
  • Many new-build properties are bought purely as investments by the wealthy
  • Rise in house prices far outstrips wages
  • Rough sleeping is on the increase, up 50% since 2010

There is a desperate need for more housing in the city. But more council homes in the country have been sold off under the Conservatives and only one in five have been replaced. We need homes that are affordable for people on average incomes. The Tory Government thinks £450,000 is a reasonable price for an affordable home. Labour doesn’t.

Labour will build 1 million new genuinely affordable homes over 10 years the majority for social rent.

Labour says:

‘A decent home is not a privilege for the few, but a right owed to all regardless of their income.’

Labour will prioritise brownfield sites and protect the green belt and not only build more, but build better, insulating homes to help people manage energy bills, reduce preventable winter deaths and meet our climate change targets.

Here in the city Portsmouth Labour would also:

  • make sure all local authority and housing association building projects employed local construction workers, both skilled and apprenticed.
  • undertake an audit and impact assessment of student accommodation to inform planning decisions.

Click here to see Portsmouth Labour’s Plan for Affordable Housing

Labour’s priority is….

                                        Building homes for the many, not the few…


The Viability Escape Clause for Developers and Affordable Housing

This article is part of a series based around our Plan for Affordable Housing which you can read more about here.

To sign the petition supporting our Plan for Affordable Housing click here.

The current Portsmouth Plan includes specific requirements for affordable housing provision on market developments. Sites containing a net increase of: 8-10 dwellings must provide 20% affordable housing; 11-14 dwellings must provide 25% affordable housing; and 15+ dwellings must provide 30% affordable housing. In exceptional circumstances where affordable housing cannot be provided on site a developer can propose to build affordable housing off site or pay a financial contribution towards a council housing scheme. Continue reading

More must be done to tackle homelessness

The government has not evaluated the impact of its welfare reforms on homelessness, or the impact of the mitigations that it has put in place, according to the National Audit Office (NAO) which scrutinises how public money is spent.

The number of people sleeping rough on the nation’s streets has more than doubled in recently years whilst there were over 77,000 households in temporary accommodation in England in March 2017, an increase of 60% since March 2011. Continue reading

Plan for Affordable Housing launched

To support our Plan for Affordable Housing sign the petition here

As part of its submission to the ongoing Local Plan review consultation the Housing Policy Forum has today published its Portsmouth Labour Plan for Affordable Housing. The Plan aims to tackle the city’s housing crisis by significantly increasing the supply of affordable homes.

The Plan revolves around three key themes:

  1. Portsmouth City Council resources should be refocused away from the purchase of commercial property outside the city and towards investment in local affordable housing.
  2. Any property developer who proposes to provide less affordable housing than required by local planning policy on grounds of financial viability should be required to publish their full workings and have these figures independently assessed by a public body.
  3. Require new student accommodation to contribute towards local affordable housing provision.

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