Bringing Change to housing policy
An Affordable and secure home for everyone
Sheffield City Region Mayor Manifesto 2018
The housing crisis isn’t about houses – it’s about people. The lack of decent, affordable homes means rents and house prices are soaring, and people across the country are struggling to cope. Poor quality housing, sky-high rents and mortgages and ultimately homelessness cause physical and mental health problems for many, particularly young people.
Everyone should have the right to a warm, dry and secure home.
Most housing policy is decided by Central Government but as mayor I will campaign for more money and powers to build more decent, affordable homes and social housing.
As the elected mayor I will:
- Encourage and enable communities to produce their own neighbourhood plans and have more influence on planning in their own areas.
- Produce a region wide Spatial Framework identifying land for new housing and ensuring infrastructure is taken into consideration.
- Reduce the size of land sales through the Joint Assets board, to encourage small builders and housing developers to bid. Housing itself should be built to last and help solve problems. I will ensure renewable energies are included as parts of developments. Use money to reclaim brownfield sites for development. Use CPOs to prevent land banking.