A Balanced Plan for Homes
We need more homes in East Herts to meet demand, but that doesn’t mean we have to destroy our quality of life. That means we need a better balance: between delivering the homes we need, and retaining our quality of life and the quality of our environment. My approach will therefore be to follow these principles:
Control speculative development
The best way to control speculative development is to adopt a robust district plan. I will lobby East Herts Council and government to ensure that any legally adopted plan is then rigorously enforced.
Homes matched by infrastructure
I support the building of new homes for local families, but only if it’s matched by more infrastructure and services. That’s why I lobbied - successfully - for two more primary schools and one new secondary school on the Bishop’s Stortford North development. I am committed to challenging major local developments to demand they include the essential infrastructure needed, especially road capacity and key public services.
More homes people can afford
We need more homes that people can afford, especially those people on lower incomes. I will lobby developers and the planners to ensure that as many lower cost homes are built as is feasible. I will also work with local communities who want to use schemes like Community Land Trusts to help provide more affordable homes.
Development must be sustainable
I believe development must be sustainable, environmentally and economically. That is why I have opposed the so-called ‘Harlow North’ development. I am actively supporting the locally communities affected by this proposal.
Backing neighbourhood plans
Neighbourhood plans are a great way for local people to shape their community and the housing and services they need. I will back neighbourhood planning groups and parish councils to ensure they get the support they need, especially where large developments are proposed.
Homes which work for the elderly
Our population is ageing rapidly, but many homes don’t work well for the elderly. Some people would like to move but cannot find anywhere suitable. Other people have to move into care because their home needs adapting. I will campaign for our housing to reflect the needs of older people, both the existing stock and new homes. This will help them and our NHS and social care services.