Meeting Local Housing Needs
Meeting Local Housing Needs

Our housing system is failing.
Rising property prices and mounting debt are pushing home ownership beyond the means of many people. The gap is being filled by an unregulated private rental sector, with insecure tenancies, high costs and varying conditions. We need a programme of council house building locally and nationally to reverse this trend.

We will use the powers available to Wiltshire Council to make a difference to the availability of affordable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient housing, and extend support to people renting in the private sector.

Labour will:

  • Require all new housing developments to deliver a 40% minimum level of social housing.
  • Build new council homes, delivering at least 500 new homes per annum within four years.
  • Increase resourcing to support tenants through advice and enforcement in the private rental sector, with a Private Tenants’ Charter and a Register of Approved Landlords.
  • Deliver new sites for housing through the planning system to keep up with local demand.
    Ensure that all new housing developments make a fair contribution to improving the infrastructure of the community.
  • Require all new homes to be zero net carbon to address the climate emergency and help lift people out of fuel poverty.
  • Ensure sufficient supported accommodation is available to provide pathways out of rough sleeping and implement best practice homelessness prevention in the county.
  • Ensure Gypsy, Traveller, Roma and Boat-dweller communities have their needs for safe and adequate living conditions met.
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