Buy-to-let epidemic must be controlled
I, AS I suspect many others, have noticed the plethora of signs springing up on recently completed housing estates ‘to let’.
This buy-to-let epidemic needs to be controlled.
Surely it would be possible to put a ruling in the selling contract that the house cannot be let out for a certain number of years.
It seems to me that young people will never get on the ladder to home ownership whilst these buy-to-let sharks continue to smother the market. Not only that, the area round these properties gets neglected and run down as the tenants don’t have the same feelings of ownership as an outright purchaser would. K J Clarke Wyken
Council hands tied by Local Plan rules
WE keep hearing statements from the Conservatives about the existence of a White Paper (a proposal for future legislation) that tells Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council that we should build less houses than noted in the submitted borough plan.
Our MP alleges that the government has revised down the figures for several areas, including Nuneaton and Bedworth, on the basis that houses in our borough are affordable compared to other areas. However, our MP fails to mention that his government made this change in April 2018, after the Local Plan had been submitted to the Inspector in June 2017.
Funnily enough, our MP also failed to mention that this government measures any submitted Local Plan based on rules in place at the date of submission!
Also, these rules prevent our council from revising the borough plan whilst it is with the Inspector (only the Government Inspector can suggest changes, so far, the Government Inspector has only insisted NBBC add more houses to the plan, because Warwickshire County Council have now given builders the green light for the Hawkesbury site).
The best option for NBBC is to review the Local Plan as soon as it is returned from the Government Inspector as adopted.
Withdrawing the Local Plan at this stage, as suggested by the Conservatives, would leave Nuneaton and Bedworth open to developers building wherever they wish, as yet another rule prevents councils from making changes once submitted. Unhelpfully, the government insists that any withdrawn, replacement Local Plan has to categorically start from scratch. This would quite likely become a two-year exercise and be prohibitively costly.
Alarmingly, the government has released another policy paper modifying The National Planning Policy Framework stating developers will be able to ignore Local Plans and build wherever they wish, if 75 per cent of the housing target, as set by central government, is not built by 2020.
Of course, all the Conservatives within NBBC know this, if they have done their own research and not just listened to their own rhetoric.
The response I received from NBBC portfolio holder Neil Phillips at a recent council meeting confirmed that our Labour council is not hell bent on building more houses than forced upon them by Conservative government, and will consider commencing a review of the Local Plan immediately after it becomes an adopted plan, to revise the numbers downward. Brian Walmsley Nuneaton
Celebrate worthy award winners
WE are moving to the awards season where gongs are given to sportsmen for failure.
Led by the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year, which used to be awarded to sports people for success, it is now handed out for celebrity.
Harry Kane is sure to win for scoring two goals. Coach of the year could go to Gareth Southgate for beating Panama and Tunisia, while losing three of his last four games in the World Cup. Michael Owen won the award for scoring two goals in France and Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill won for coming second.
More suitable would be Lizzy Yarnold (double Olympic gold medal winner) and Tracey Neville, who led the England netball team to Commonwealth Gold. Simon Whitehead Cannon Park
Lizzy Yarnold and Tracey Neville