Build­ing homes next to mo­tor­ways would ‘help with cri­sis’

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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