Stockton North has a shortage of quality, affordable homes available to local families but Labour has announced a bold new approach to encourage land-owners to start building, get construction workers back into jobs and provide decent homes for local families.
Labour is considering giving local authorities real powers to charge developers fees for unnecessarily sitting on land with planning permission and to say to the worst offenders that they should either use the land, or lose the land. Permission to build homes should mean land-owners build homes.
Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham backs the campaign:
“A decent home at a price people can afford is essential to leading a healthy, happy life and right now, too many people have to struggle too hard and too long to achieve that, whilst for many others it is simply out of reach.
“Stockton North has had a shortage of quality, affordable homes for years and it’s young local families that are worst affected by this. The Tory-led Government seems either unable or unwilling to do anything about it but Labour’s ideas could give our area a real boost.
“Nobody should be in any doubt about the Labour Party’s determination to rebuild this country, get our construction industry working again and give families in Stockton North a real chance of owning a decent home just like their parents did before them.”