Developers just cram in houses
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
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