People need homes, but there aren’t enough of them being built for the people of Portsmouth.
- Far too many new developments in the city are for luxury flats or houses
- Property developers build these to make money, not to house the homeless
- Many new-build properties are bought purely as investments by the wealthy
- Rise in house prices far outstrips wages
- Rough sleeping is on the increase, up 50% since 2010
There is a desperate need for more housing in the city. But more council homes in the country have been sold off under the Conservatives and only one in five have been replaced. We need homes that are affordable for people on average incomes. The Tory Government thinks £450,000 is a reasonable price for an affordable home. Labour doesn’t.
Labour will build 1 million new genuinely affordable homes over 10 years the majority for social rent.
‘A decent home is not a privilege for the few, but a right owed to all regardless of their income.’
Labour will prioritise brownfield sites and protect the green belt and not only build more, but build better, insulating homes to help people manage energy bills, reduce preventable winter deaths and meet our climate change targets.
Here in the city Portsmouth Labour would also:
- make sure all local authority and housing association building projects employed local construction workers, both skilled and apprenticed.
- undertake an audit and impact assessment of student accommodation to inform planning decisions.