Buy-to-let epi­demic must be con­trolled

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

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

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