Ed Miliband backs new-housing plans during visit to Pudsey

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ed Miliband, left, and David Wilson Homes boss Ian Ruthven with a Pudsey site worker Ed Miliband, left, and David Wilson Homes boss Ian Ruthven with a Pudsey site worker

Opposition leader Ed Miliband has pledged that a future Labour government would build at least 200,000 homes a year to tackle a growing UK housing shortage.

The Labour leader was speaking while visiting a West Yorkshire housing development, 25 per cent of which is made up of affordable homes.

His visit to the Pudsey site of David Wilson Homes coincided with the release of figures from the National House Building Council showing a 28 per cent rise in new home registrations in 2013 – the highest since 2007.

Mr Miliband said: “Britain has an acute housing shortage so we simply have to start building far more homes.

"That’s why the next Labour government will ensure that by 2020 over 200,000 homes are being built every year, and we’ll need companies like David Wilson Homes to help deliver that.

“I’m pleased that the company chief executive, Mark Clare, is a member of the independent Housing Commission I asked Michael Lyons to establish, to map out a path to achieving the radical increase in house building we need.

“I welcome figures of an increase in housing starts, but it’s a lamentable fact that building rates under this government remain the lowest since the 1920s.

"One Nation Labour will take the action necessary to tackle the housing crisis, give today’s young people the same opportunities their parents had, and build a sustainable economic recovery which benefits everyone.”

Ian Ruthven, managing director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes in West Yorkshire, added: “It was fantastic to welcome Ed Miliband to West Yorkshire and give him a tour of one of our popular developments and talk about our plans for house-building in Yorkshire over the next 12 months.

“We work closely with local councils to ensure that we are providing a high level of quality affordable homes and have more than 380 affordable homes planned for 2014 alone across our operating area.

“Our plans will also support thousands of jobs across Yorkshire and significantly impact the local economy.”

David Wilson Homes parent company Barratt Developments has announced plans to launch 11 new sites over the next 12 months, including in Bradford.

Meanwhile, estate agent Dacre, Son & Hartley, which has 20 offices in West and North Yorkshire, has reported record levels of website traffic with nearly 700,000 visitors opening nearly three million pages in 2013 – 11 per cent up on the previous year.

Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential sales, said: “The fact that our website is being accessed by so many people and for an increased amount of time shows it’s definitely doing its job and also reflecting growing consumer confidence in the residential property market.

“A huge part of our business involves our very successful commercial agency division which markets all types of commercial property and provides public sector services, rent reviews, healthcare, agriculture and commercial property management, so it made sense to profile that on our residential homepage.”

Dacre, Son & Hartley has also seen a 50 per cent surge in sales listings at its Otley office since relocating in the town where it has operated for nearly 200 years.

The new Bondgate which opened in November has also seen lettings business rise by attracting new landlords as demand from tenants continued to outstrip the number of rental properties available locally.

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10:26am Wed 5 Feb 14

Thackleygirl says...

I wonder what Mr Ed Miliband would say when all the land runs out! Has he ever thought of that - probably not? What a ridiculous comment.

When new houses are built, they don't build new schools, doctors, dentists, roads - the general and basic Infrastructure that is required to support these houses. If you move into a new house in a new area and you have children you require a school place - they don't think of that either.

If you ever travel around the local area, Thackley, Idle, Calverley, Pudsey, Canal Road, Saltaire etc it is a constant stand still and all these additional houses will bring cars and add to the problem.

There are new houses which were built over 12 months in the local area and are still standing empty because they are not needed and not wanted.

If the new houses are being built on green fields, this also bring a huge loss as once the fields are gone, they are gone forever. Do people not realise this? The green fields provide a crucial and vital resource for our own health and well being ie: soaking up pollution, fresh air. There will also be an increase of concrete and tarmac and that leads to flooding as there is no natural soakway.

When will people wake up?
I wonder what Mr Ed Miliband would say when all the land runs out! Has he ever thought of that - probably not? What a ridiculous comment. When new houses are built, they don't build new schools, doctors, dentists, roads - the general and basic Infrastructure that is required to support these houses. If you move into a new house in a new area and you have children you require a school place - they don't think of that either. If you ever travel around the local area, Thackley, Idle, Calverley, Pudsey, Canal Road, Saltaire etc it is a constant stand still and all these additional houses will bring cars and add to the problem. There are new houses which were built over 12 months in the local area and are still standing empty because they are not needed and not wanted. If the new houses are being built on green fields, this also bring a huge loss as once the fields are gone, they are gone forever. Do people not realise this? The green fields provide a crucial and vital resource for our own health and well being ie: soaking up pollution, fresh air. There will also be an increase of concrete and tarmac and that leads to flooding as there is no natural soakway. When will people wake up? Thackleygirl
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3:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Thackleygirl says...

I wonder how many empty houses there are currently across the Bradford district? Why don't they do on audit and just see - that would make interesting reading - wouldn't it! There are 1000's, so why on earth don't they concentrate on transforming these first of all, before building new ones and regenerate certain areas (which would still create jobs) and put some much needed pride back into Bradford. That would go a long way and would be the first stepping stone.
I wonder how many empty houses there are currently across the Bradford district? Why don't they do on audit and just see - that would make interesting reading - wouldn't it! There are 1000's, so why on earth don't they concentrate on transforming these first of all, before building new ones and regenerate certain areas (which would still create jobs) and put some much needed pride back into Bradford. That would go a long way and would be the first stepping stone. Thackleygirl
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8:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

I can see clearly now... says...

and isn't one part of the reason why Britain needs so many new homes is that the government that Red Ed was a part of, allowed (and subsequently lied about) the scale of immigration into this country and which the current government is doing little if anything to address. Show me a politician and I will show you a liar...
and isn't one part of the reason why Britain needs so many new homes is that the government that Red Ed was a part of, allowed (and subsequently lied about) the scale of immigration into this country and which the current government is doing little if anything to address. Show me a politician and I will show you a liar... I can see clearly now...
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