The Tory manifesto has ruled it out. Yet building on only 2 per cent of London's green belt could provide 430,000 homesby Andrew Carter / June 28, 2017 / Leave a comment
The devastating Grenfell Tower fire has inevitably provoked many difficult questions about how the disaster could happen, who should be held to account, and how we can prevent a similar incident taking place again.
Moreover, it has refocused public attention on London’s myriad housing problems—with public grief and outrage broadening into a wider discussion about the conditions that many Londoners live in, and the capital’s desperate shortage of quality affordable homes.
To some extent, the Government responded to these concerns in last week’s Queens Speech. As well as offering an apology for the inadequate support offered to those affected by the Grenfell fire, Theresa May emphasised the Government’s commitment to tackling some of the wider housing problems which provided the context for the disaster.
However, aside from the pledge to scrap letting fees for tenants, this amounted to little more than vague promises to build more homes and to promote fairness in the housing market.
Nor does the Tory manifesto, or the party’s record on housing under Theresa May, inspire confidence. The Tory manifesto, for example, set out plans to build 1.5m new homes by 2022, and to reform Compulsory Purchase Order powers so that cities can buy brownfield land more cheaply than at present.
These measures are welcome, but the manifesto (and those of ot…