Building homes next to motorways would ‘help with crisis’
RULES around the green belt should be relaxed and homes built next to motorways to help tackle the country’s housing crisis, a Tory former Treasury minister has argued.
Conservative peer Baroness Neville-Rolfe also said building height restrictions should be looked at “creatively”, with a view to provide more accommodation.
The former Tesco executive said she understood the politics around the issue were “very difficult” but argued the country was “in a crisis”.
Lady Neville-Rolfe was speaking during a debate in the House of Lords on the availability and affordability of housing.
She told peers: “A lack of adequate housing growth alongside population growth is undermining society in this country.
“I believe that housing could be a critical driver of greater productivity as well as helping mend the country’s social fabric.”
Declaring herself to be a “big fan” of the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, she argued he “should be allowed to be more radical” given the scale of the problem faced.