Leeds Labour Manifesto 2019. 1 – Homes for Leeds

Energy efficient homes in the biggest Council house building programme since the 1980s and long-term help for rough sleepers - Leeds Labour tackles our housing needs. “With Labour, over the next few years we are going to build more than a thousand new council homes in Leeds. All our new homes will be energy efficient … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2019. 1 – Homes for Leeds

Extra Care Housing planned for Holt Park.

Sites across Leeds are under consideration for the provision of council-owned extra care housing. Extra care housing is for those who have care and support needs as well as a housing need. It aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation, as well as providing the care and support necessary for independence. The scheme is designed … Continue reading Extra Care Housing planned for Holt Park.

Part 2: The capture of hope

These two blogs explain some of the thinking in the proposed revised National Planning Framework – especially those related to the valuation of land. Well worth a read – including for confirmation that the private housing market has never delivered the homes we need, the necessary role of local councils in housing provision and Labour’s proposals including this.
“Under proposals drawn up by John Healey, the shadow housing secretary, the 1961 Land Compensation Act would be amended to specifically exclude hope value arising from the potential for future planning consent. He suggests that would cut the cost of building 100,000 council houses a year by almost £10 billion to around £16 billion. “Rather than letting private landowners benefit from this windfall gain – and making everyone else pay for it – enabling public acquisition of land at nearer pre-planning-permission value would mean cheaper land which could help fund cheaper housing.”

Red Brick

Part 1 of this two part post can be seen here.

By Dave Treanor

How much of the profits arising from public investment and planning decisions should go into the pockets of landowners and how much should be captured for the benefit of the community? Parliament held an inquiry into Land Value Capture as part of its consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the new version of which has just been published. (Note 1)

This paper is the second in a series on the issues being examined by the Inquiry, looking at the impact of ‘hope value’ arising from potential future uses of a site on compensation for compulsory purchase. Part 1 examined the effectiveness of s106 and CIL.

In the thirty years following the war the majority of new homes were built by the public sector. By the mid-fifties the UK was building…

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Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 5, Secure homes for all – brownfield first, affordable homes and tackling empty housing

Everyone in Leeds is entitled to a decent home, and security of tenure. After eight years of failure, the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. Since 2010, housebuilding has fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s, rents have risen faster than incomes, and new, affordable housebuilding is at a 24-year low. … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 5, Secure homes for all – brownfield first, affordable homes and tackling empty housing

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 4, Preventing homelessness – Labour Leeds has fewest rough sleepers of any major city

Homelessness is not inevitable in a country as privileged and well off as ours. However, since 2010, nationally the number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled. There can be no excuses – homelessness must end. Here in Leeds, Labour has been trying to do just that. Thanks to Leeds Labour Council, the city … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 4, Preventing homelessness – Labour Leeds has fewest rough sleepers of any major city

Housing for the Many – Labour’s John Healey has announced plans for truly affordable housing

"Housing for the Many" sets out Labour's plan to change the country’s approach to affordable housing as part of a new national mission to solve the country’s housing crisis. Whatever measure you choose, Britain’s housing system is broken. Homelessness is up by 50% since 2010, rough sleeping has doubled, and 120,000 children are without a … Continue reading Housing for the Many – Labour’s John Healey has announced plans for truly affordable housing

Jonathan Pryor chosen for Headingley and Hyde Park in Leeds Council elections – May 2018

Local Labour party members have chosen Jonathan Pryor as candidate to fight Headingley and Hyde Park ward, partly in Leeds NW, at the Leeds City Council elections in May 2018. Jonathan has been councillor for Headingley since 2014. On Leeds City Council, Jonathan is currently Deputy Executive Member for Children and Families. This is a … Continue reading Jonathan Pryor chosen for Headingley and Hyde Park in Leeds Council elections – May 2018

Neil Walshaw chosen as candidate for Headingley and Hyde Park in Leeds Council elections, May 2018

Local Labour Party members have chosen Neil Walshaw to stand in the new Headingley and Hyde Park Ward in Leeds City Council elections on May 3. Neil has been a Councillor for Headingley since 2011. Neil is a tireless campaigner on local issues, known for his warm personality and boundless energy. Neil is passionate about … Continue reading Neil Walshaw chosen as candidate for Headingley and Hyde Park in Leeds Council elections, May 2018

Labour, working with and for Weetwood: West Park site housing development

In November and December 2017 Weetwood Labour Party surveyed residents in the West Park area. The aim was to find out about their views and opinions regarding the proposed housing development on the old West Park Centre site. A number of residents expressed concern that the redevelopment could lead to traffic congestion in the area. … Continue reading Labour, working with and for Weetwood: West Park site housing development