Councils across the political divide call on the Government to drop its planning proposals

Councils of different political make ups are criticising the Government and calling on them to drop their planning relaxation proposals.

BBC Article – LINK

The BBC article mentions concerns of unsightly developments and neighbourly disputes. In addition, another issue is that we already have in London Boroughs, problems of landlords building what is known as ‘beds in sheds’. ‘Building’ bedrooms in properties at the back of houses in garages.

I have seen this in reality, when last year, during a walkabout with my Safer Neighbourhood Team in my ward, we found a woman living in appalling conditions in a converted garage on Denzil Road. What is worse is that she had a tenancy agreement from a local estate agent suggesting that they are complicit in this practise.

There is a danger that the Government’s proposals will encourage this behaviour and make things worse.

Residents in Brent now need a take home household income of over £3,857 a month to afford a typical two-bedroom home in the area

Shelter
Shelter (Photo credit: markhillary)

The Charity Shelter has revealed that rises in the costs of renting means that “residents in Brent now need a take home household income of over £3,857 a month to afford a typical two-bedroom home in the area.

Renting has often been thought of as the cheap alternative to home ownership, but over the past year rents in the capital have risen at nearly twice the rate of wages, meaning that London voters are struggling.”

Labour’s candidate for the London Mayoralty, Ken Livingstone has said that he will establish an all-London non-profit making lettings agency which, by cutting out Estate Agents’ profit, will help reduce rents and provide secure tenancies, and will campaign for a London Living Rent – no Londoner should pay more than a third of their income in rent.

For Ken’s webpage on Housing, click here – LINK