a relatively new member of a council responsible for a great many historic towns and
villages, and also caretaker of the public purse, could we ask you to be
especially vigilant against maladministration within the Wealden
we want to do our best to keep your council on the straight and narrow -
and the way to do this is to monitor your progress and where applicable,
lobby members, MPs
and the media, pointing our potential pitfalls, so helping your council
to avoid administrative errors. We thus contribute to council efficiency
all over the land, where the internet serves as a wonderful reference to
our view one
of the most important functions that a council is charged with, is to
provide a rolling stock of land for affordable housing. The fact that
most councils are not doing so, including your own, is a major problem that is
effectively making our next generations financial slaves.
(empire) building mansions might make a lot of bankers
and landlords very happy; it is fair? We were under the impression that
Britain was aiming to be at 1990 carbon
levels by 2050. That goal relies on
sustainable practices and sustainability equals affordability.
expensive homes, where we cannot house low wage earners, is economic
lunacy and un-sustainable. This is elitist politics, rather than an equal opportunities
bedrock - that should prevail in the interests of democracy. The new
goal is a Circular
are particularly difficult times, where public funding is under scrutiny
against overspending, but such international issues as global warming
should still be targeted for attention. We would then
expect grants of planning permission for houses that are both affordable
and zero carbon - to reduce global warming - and that means smaller
houses with a proportionally smaller carbon footprint.
workable formula for such housing is clear. Sweden and
Germany lead with flatpack
and other low energy housing - that is affordable, being in the
£25-70,000 range. Young families could afford
to buy such houses, provided that councils earmark land for affordable
we don't want is agricultural land suddenly going from £5,000 an acre
to £1,000,000 - simply because a council failed to identify land for
affordable housing. The moment land is allowed to escalate in value,
houses are no longer affordable.
we suggest that land that is identified as suitable (necessary) for
affordable housing, should only be granted consent for genuinely
affordable homes. That might put a stop to the Klondike planning
stampede that has opened up as a result of council sloth.
land is earmarked for affordable developments, Community Land Trusts could build
houses for letting at sensible rents - but once again, they need
land that is identified as being for affordable
you for taking the time to read this message and we look forward to
seeing many sustainable decisions in the future and perhaps hearing your views on such proposals,
when you have a spare moment.