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Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Wiltshire

May 13, 2017 9:41 PM

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage and build more affordable homes.

There are currently about 2,000 families in Wiltshire on the waiting list for council homes. 2016 figure was 1853 families, an increase from 1325 in 2015.

The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

Trevor Carbin commented: "Hundreds of families in Wiltshire are struggling to find a decent and affordable home. Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get somewhere to live. At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used. The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

"A Conservative landslide would allow the government to take people for granted, meaning years more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing.

"A better future is available. Have hope, vote Liberal Democrat and we can change Britain's future and build the affordable homes our county needs."

The details: to address the huge shortage of housing in the UK, the Liberal Democrats have committed to