De­vel­op­ers just cram in houses

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

DO house builders get the blame for not build­ing enough homes? In part.

The is­sue, es­pe­cially in Chiltern, is that house builders see a po­ten­tial plot, look at one end…. then at the other – and in be­tween they shovel in houses.

There are ar­eas where houses are built that could easily grace many acres … but they are packed with barely enough space be­tween them to ex­tend even an arm.

Houses, in our area cost around £430 per square foot so it should be of lit­tle con­se­quence, if one builds a house or flat of 3,000 square feet or three of 1,000 square feet.

We must not con­fuse “af­ford­able” (aka “so­cial”) hous­ing and build­ing homes which af­ford a chance to get on the hous­ing lad­der. This lat­ter cat­e­gory is one of which many are keen to see more built lo­cally.

What I per­son­ally would wish to see, are many more of what one may term “sport­ing chance” homes.

By that, I mean homes which of­fer an op­por­tu­nity for a jointin­come “pair­ing” to be able to make ob­tain­ing a first mort­gage a re­al­is­tic goal.

Less of the “su­perb, ex­ec­u­tive homes” and more of the “sen­si­ble, nor­mal homes”.

If we seek to build an en­vi­ron­ment where own­ing one’s own home is a re­al­is­tic prospect for all, then we need to en­sure an ad­e­quate sup­ply of houses which meet the needs of all peo­ple, at all lev­els.

De­vel­op­ers say “peo­ple de­mand large houses on small plots” – this is, of course, rub­bish.

De­vel­op­ers only build large houses on small plots, ergo, that is all one can buy.

I am sure that if de­vel­op­ers were to adopt a more bal­anced ap­proach, rather than just pour in house, house and more house, then all would ben­e­fit.

CLLR MUR­RAY HAR­ROLD

Chal­font St Peter

buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk ONL

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