Siôn’s housing plan to double the number of affordable new housing
Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor, Siôn Simon, pledges to double the number of affordable new homes if elected West Midlands Mayor.
Bureaucratic barriers, indifference of London politicians in the Tory London government and contaminated land have limited the rate of house building. Siôn's housing plan will do away with these barriers.
Siôn's pledge of a £500 million reclamation fund for brownfield sites has not been matched by the Conservatives.
“Everyone should have the right to their own front door. Under the Tories, home ownership is falling, rents are rising and homelessness gets worse every week.
“Strong communities are built on safe homes. And right now we don’t have enough homes - or enough affordable homes. By taking back control of the West Midlands, with a Mayor who is from here and will always put us first, we can start to do something about it."
Siôn's housing plan will deliver:
- A £500 million fund to clean up derelict sites on so-called ‘brownfield land’ to get the West Midlands building again;
- The development of a statutory Regional Spatial Plan which gives structure and direction to the house building programme that the West Midlands needs;
- A full housing needs assessment across the region;
- A proper definition of “affordable housing” so that it meets the housing needs of people on low incomes for the WMCA to use as benchmark for planning authorities.
- A cleaned up private-rented sector with a push for longer tenancies and licensing of landlords; and
- Double the number of affordable housing.