Communities should have more say in developments

Private developers have too much say in developments, such as on what is designated as ‘affordable housing’. There should be clearer housing standards that private developers have to adhere to. Part of this is about local authorities being able to build more properties and there being more tie up between community planning and town planning.

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Communities need to have a say in the provision on housing in their local area to make sure it is what is needed, in the right place, at the right price.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 05:02PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 02, 2015 at 14:25

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    Developers should be made to honour development plans before accessing new land opportunities, otherwise they cherry pick the best developments and drop others. The private sector dictates.

    Local authority is trying to make Edinburgh a hub and building dormitory housing all around. That destroys communities. Coalescing (towns and villages merging) is destroying communities. We don’t want this or it could end up like London where all the villages have been absorbed into London. The government dictate to local authorities how many houses they need to build. If they don’t, they get fined heavily. This puts pressure on local authorities to build wherever they can and people don’t understand this. They don’t understand where the targets come from.

    Transport is also key to this. Services between communities sometimes don’t exist . There needs to be transport services that meet people’s and communities’ needs. Planners need to feed things into the community, not build roads around them. Communities need to be built – there needs to be a resurgence of the town centre. Communities should also have more say on this rather than it being done behind closed doors. Empower communities to take more control of decisions like this, with a fund allocated by participatory budgeting.

    This is important because coalescing is removing the identity of towns and villages.
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