We need new homes despite it being unpopular, says county MP

Worcester News: Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has urged councils to reach swift deals on house building in the county - and says all areas must take a hit for the common good.

Conservative Peter Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, has refuted claims from politicians that their areas are under siege from too much development.

He has also told your Worcester News the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) may not be perfect, but it's a better alternative than allowing builders free reign.

As your Worcester News revealed two weeks ago, the number of homes in the plan is expected to rise from 23,200 to up to 27,300.

After Government inspector Roger Clews said the old figure was not enough, councils in Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon have come up with a higher tally.

A fresh two-day examination will take place in March and if approved, all three districts will then have to decide what patches of land to earmark for new development.

Only last week Councillor John Smith, who represents Evesham, said the town had already been "shafted" by too much development.

Mr Luff believes part of the problems are because historically, more and more large properties have been built, despite demographics showing increasing numbers of people living alone or having small families.

He says if people accept homes should be smaller it could preserve some of the green scenery.

Mr Luff said: "We must address the local housing need by getting houses built in the right places, it's something that's got to happen.

"I do begin to wonder whether we can still have large houses, do we all have a right to a three-bed home with a large garden, for example?

"There is an argument over that, but in terms of the numbers we do need more houses, we've just got to find the least damaging locations possible.

"There are some areas that have suffered, and it certainly isn't easy, but people do have a right to be housed."

The new examination on the SWDP is set for Thursday, March 13 and Friday March 14, and will take place at County Hall on both days.

Mr Clews has already said he is satisfied with the land earmarked for employment in the plan, which could generate 30,000 positions if every hectare is filled.

The SWDP is designed to last until 2030, and will guide developers on what patches of land to submit planning applications for.

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2:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

logicalN says...

"I do begin to wonder whether we can still have large houses, do we all have a right to a three-bed home with a large garden, for example? "

Has he seen some of the three bed homes where the smallest two bedrooms won't hold a full sized bed?
He'll be safely retired by the time the flak starts to fly over ill located, badly drained estates crammed into the corners of villages
"I do begin to wonder whether we can still have large houses, do we all have a right to a three-bed home with a large garden, for example? " Has he seen some of the three bed homes where the smallest two bedrooms won't hold a full sized bed? He'll be safely retired by the time the flak starts to fly over ill located, badly drained estates crammed into the corners of villages logicalN

2:41pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

The infrastructure needs to be in place, what is the point of building houses where the roads etc cannot cope with the existing amount of traffic.

The developers will not do it so the councils need to stand up and say to Luff and his Tory cronies NO not until you give us the money to improve the transport links, the drains, the sewers etc etc.
The infrastructure needs to be in place, what is the point of building houses where the roads etc cannot cope with the existing amount of traffic. The developers will not do it so the councils need to stand up and say to Luff and his Tory cronies NO not until you give us the money to improve the transport links, the drains, the sewers etc etc. Pomygranit

3:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

F1 Dave says...

You Mr Luff might live in a large house, and I hope you will be moving to a small one. Leading by example, I think Not.
The homes that developers build today are smaller than ever, gardens only 10m deep for a family home.
Yet again MP's that have no idea of what the people need or want.
Some of the site that are in the SWDP are not the right sites. DC have picked sites that are not up to standard, and missed others that would be better.
You Mr Luff might live in a large house, and I hope you will be moving to a small one. Leading by example, I think Not. The homes that developers build today are smaller than ever, gardens only 10m deep for a family home. Yet again MP's that have no idea of what the people need or want. Some of the site that are in the SWDP are not the right sites. DC have picked sites that are not up to standard, and missed others that would be better. F1 Dave

3:26pm Wed 19 Feb 14

gemma6 says...

Isn't this the same Peter Luff who kitted out his country home and London flat at tax payers' expense?
Isn't this the same Peter Luff who kitted out his country home and London flat at tax payers' expense? gemma6

4:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

Or is it possibly the same Peter Luff who one day a month does nothing for his constiuency but Chairs the Democracy Forum Ltd, Remuneration: retainer of £12,000 per annum, unrelated to hours worked, which average about one day per month.
Or is it possibly the same Peter Luff who one day a month does nothing for his constiuency but Chairs the Democracy Forum Ltd, Remuneration: retainer of £12,000 per annum, unrelated to hours worked, which average about one day per month. Pomygranit

4:08pm Wed 19 Feb 14

skychip says...

No more houses until infrastructure sorted out, but no-one in authority seems to be able to understand that.
No more houses until infrastructure sorted out, but no-one in authority seems to be able to understand that. skychip

4:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Landy44 says...

"I do begin to wonder whether we can still have large houses, do we all have a right to a three-bed home with a large garden, for example? "

We do indeed if we can individually afford it, and politicians would be wise not to talk about making sacrifices "for the common good". It's time they stopped meddling with and commenting on things they know nothing about, stopped treating the population like idiots and started doing the things that the voters need them to do, no less and no more.

What a muppet.
"I do begin to wonder whether we can still have large houses, do we all have a right to a three-bed home with a large garden, for example? " We do indeed if we can individually afford it, and politicians would be wise not to talk about making sacrifices "for the common good". It's time they stopped meddling with and commenting on things they know nothing about, stopped treating the population like idiots and started doing the things that the voters need them to do, no less and no more. What a muppet. Landy44

6:56pm Wed 19 Feb 14

rod123 says...

"Do we all have a right to a three-bed home?"
Who claimed for 4 beds and 5 tables in the expenses scandal? What a hypocrite.
"Do we all have a right to a three-bed home?" Who claimed for 4 beds and 5 tables in the expenses scandal? What a hypocrite. rod123

7:27pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Andy-Apache says...

I earn the money I have through hard work on a daily basis (not sitting on my **** on a constituency seat!) I have the 'right' to do what I wish with the amount I am allowed to keep after the bl00dy tax man has had a great big chunk of it! If I choose to spend that money on a nice home with a large garden, how dare he question that?

We're not in Russia, or China. Britain is not a communist or socialist nation - yet. Governments have continuously harped on about bettering ourselves - they cant have it both ways!
I earn the money I have through hard work on a daily basis (not sitting on my **** on a constituency seat!) I have the 'right' to do what I wish with the amount I am allowed to keep after the bl00dy tax man has had a great big chunk of it! If I choose to spend that money on a nice home with a large garden, how dare he question that? We're not in Russia, or China. Britain is not a communist or socialist nation - yet. Governments have continuously harped on about bettering ourselves - they cant have it both ways! Andy-Apache

8:05pm Wed 19 Feb 14

skychip says...

I wonder if Peter Luff would like a big housing development near his home - although I don't know where he lives. When people have worked hard and saved the money they have a right to buy what they like and don't want it devalued by inappropriate development.
I wonder if Peter Luff would like a big housing development near his home - although I don't know where he lives. When people have worked hard and saved the money they have a right to buy what they like and don't want it devalued by inappropriate development. skychip

10:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

chrism says...

I wonder who's party it is introduced a new policy which has resulted in developers having free reign to build 4 and 5 bed houses where they want rather than where local need has been identified in a local plan? I wonder who's party is mandating numbers of new houses without any regard for the required infrastructure to be in place? I wonder who's party is telling inspectors to approve developments without any regard to whether they're in the least damaging locations?
I wonder who's party it is introduced a new policy which has resulted in developers having free reign to build 4 and 5 bed houses where they want rather than where local need has been identified in a local plan? I wonder who's party is mandating numbers of new houses without any regard for the required infrastructure to be in place? I wonder who's party is telling inspectors to approve developments without any regard to whether they're in the least damaging locations? chrism

10:54am Fri 21 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

all areas must take a hit! that sounds ominous for our green spaces.I suppose we must expect that from someone who refers to our beloved countryside as 'green scenery'.
all areas must take a hit! that sounds ominous for our green spaces.I suppose we must expect that from someone who refers to our beloved countryside as 'green scenery'. liketoknow

3:27pm Fri 21 Feb 14

forster69 says...

I bet he lives in something larger than the 3 bedroom house with garden that he is questioning whether we all have the right to live in. What a ridiculous comment ! Anyone who can afford to live in a 3 bedroom home has the right to live in one, or even bigger for that fact.

Once again a shocking example of how politicians are so removed from the real world and are so limited in their understanding of normal peoples lives, not to mention the patronising arrogance to think that they have the right to say how one should live ones life.

Lead by example Sir and downgrade to a studio flat and I'm sure we will all follow suit.
I bet he lives in something larger than the 3 bedroom house with garden that he is questioning whether we all have the right to live in. What a ridiculous comment ! Anyone who can afford to live in a 3 bedroom home has the right to live in one, or even bigger for that fact. Once again a shocking example of how politicians are so removed from the real world and are so limited in their understanding of normal peoples lives, not to mention the patronising arrogance to think that they have the right to say how one should live ones life. Lead by example Sir and downgrade to a studio flat and I'm sure we will all follow suit. forster69

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