Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grant Shapps kickstarts local housing revolution. HDC nicks the money!

I found more evidence that HDC should be asking those affected for our views on how the New Homes Bonus should be spent. In a DCLG press release the following is said:

Grant Shapps (Minister for Local Government) said:
"We need to get the country building again - but not through a Whitehall knows best arrogance. To kick start a housebuilding revolution development needs to be backed by local communities rather than opposed by them. That's why we are introducing powerful new incentives giving communities a reason to say yes to new homes. Rather than feeling the strain of new homes through extra pressure on local services local residents will feel the direct benefit as they get to choose how the money is spent."

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said:
"I know many councils have already seen this potential and are forging ahead with bold plans. (Not Huntingdonshire District Council) But I urge all councils to now work with residents to agree how the bonus can benefit them."

Time and again the Government that provides this incentive tells Conservative controlled HDC this money is for residents affected by more housing. Unless HDC comes up with a package then St Neots must say NO to further development.

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