We need houses for future generations

We need houses for future generations

We need houses for future generations

First published in Your Letters

What’s all the fuss about Slate Meadow?

On a flood plain! Well, I moved here in 1961 and I have never known it flood.

I bet every single protester lives in a nice house with a nice garden.

I didn’t object when they built Wooburn Manor Park or Fromer Road, or the Stratford Drive Estate. The infrastructure coped then and it will cope again.

What about our grandchildren, where are they supposed to live?

Are we going to condemn them to living their entire lives in tiny one or two bedroom flats?

We have to face the fact we are a growing population and we need more houses built for our future generations. — Name and address withheld

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10:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

Monty Cristo says...

The UK population increase is set to rise by 15% by 2037. However, a fair proportion of that increase is due to people living longer – and certainly the older generation do not need family houses. I'd like the Government to supply details of exactly who will be occupying these 500-700 new homes to be built per year. Are they people from outside the area? Are they the "children” of existing residents? What proportion of council houses will it include? How many will be occupied by single parent families? How will the houses be afforded (perhaps the Government will trumpet its current purchase assistance offering which is in my view completely ludicrous and simply fuels house price inflation). Where will the occupants be working? Until we have these fuller details so that we understand exactly what is needed, the "we need all of these houses to be built" claim should be taken with a large pinch of salt.
As for infrastructure, well by the Council’s own admission HW is not coping now! So how will it magically cope in years to come? And please don’t say “it will be improved”, because it is plain to see that they can’t even afford to maintain existing roads properly. New garden cities are a partial answer as they can be built with much better infrastructure from outset, and they would negate some of the demands put upon land surrounding towns like HW.
Finally, I’d like families to consider whether they can afford to put a roof over the head of their children before having those children – don’t expect the state to do it all for you.
The UK population increase is set to rise by 15% by 2037. However, a fair proportion of that increase is due to people living longer – and certainly the older generation do not need family houses. I'd like the Government to supply details of exactly who will be occupying these 500-700 new homes to be built per year. Are they people from outside the area? Are they the "children” of existing residents? What proportion of council houses will it include? How many will be occupied by single parent families? How will the houses be afforded (perhaps the Government will trumpet its current purchase assistance offering which is in my view completely ludicrous and simply fuels house price inflation). Where will the occupants be working? Until we have these fuller details so that we understand exactly what is needed, the "we need all of these houses to be built" claim should be taken with a large pinch of salt. As for infrastructure, well by the Council’s own admission HW is not coping now! So how will it magically cope in years to come? And please don’t say “it will be improved”, because it is plain to see that they can’t even afford to maintain existing roads properly. New garden cities are a partial answer as they can be built with much better infrastructure from outset, and they would negate some of the demands put upon land surrounding towns like HW. Finally, I’d like families to consider whether they can afford to put a roof over the head of their children before having those children – don’t expect the state to do it all for you. Monty Cristo
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