New housing target is simply not right for Kingston
Kingston’s Conservative controlled Council have revealed that its new housing target set by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is simply unattainable and would lead to mass overdevelopment right across the Borough.
As part of the Government’s pledge to deliver 1 million homes by the end of 2020, and a further half a million more by the end of 2022, the DCLG has announced a round of new housing targets for local authorities across the country. Under these targets, Kingston is scheduled to build 1,527 homes per year, over double its previous target of 643.
The Conservative Administration in Kingston has been actively working to address the shortage of homes made worse by the Lib Dems failure to build fewer new homes for over a decade. As part of this work the Council has launched a number of programmes to identify sites for future growth. The Council’s Call for Sites is but one programme in which it is working with residents, local businesses and others to identify where new homes can be built. Projects like these are essential to helping boost the Council’s housing supply and improve affordability.
Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council said:
The biggest issue facing Kingston and Londoners is the desperate need for more housing. There aren’t enough homes being built and they’re not being built quick enough. If we are going to build more homes then we must build the right homes for our communities and ensure that what we do build maintains the quality of life for the people that already live here. The homes also need to be genuinely affordable, of a high-quality, and supported by local services and infrastructure. Asking Kingston residents to build another 16,000 homes in the next ten years is a pointless target that we neither could nor would want to implement.
I’m glad that central government is actively taking steps to address the housing crisis, but Kingston’s new housing target is simply crazy and unattainable, and with the current cost of Kingston housing, we would fail to build homes that the young people of Kingston can buy.