• Kevin Murphy

Coventry: Latest Property News

The second fastest growing location in Britain is in the West Midlands city of Coventry which is in need of 40,000 new homes to accommodate the new residents. Since 2011 and 2014 only 7,000 new homes have been constructed according to the National Housing Association and calculates that there is a housing shortfall of 60%.

New Plans

The local authorities have proposed a new plan for home construction for 25,000 new homes will be in the city and 18.000 to be built in neighbouring Warwickshire. The city plans on adding 17,000 of the homes to be on brownfield sites or previously developed land that has the potential for being redeveloped, and the rest being in Keresley and Eastern Green areas. The planning authority proposes that 90% of the green belt property remain as is and not be part of the development.

Finding a home has become a particular problem for families in Coventry with an interview on BBC recently of one resident mother-of-two Abbey Jones in the Wykin area saying:

"Lots of people are looking for houses but they can't find them.”

"A family home, near a school, parking and a garden is very hard to find.”

"My partner builds houses and he's working six and seven days a week. They can't put them up quick enough here.

"My sister was living with friends to save money to buy a house and it's taking her a long time to find somewhere.

"There's a lot of students here and they're building a lot of student buildings and apartments and we don't need that - people just need homes.

"They're taking a lot of the two and three-bed houses and breaking them up into shared accommodation for them and that's homes we need.

"It's probably a problem in many places but it's very hard here."

The demand for homes has been a routine political issue with the Prime Minister Theresa May announcing plans for £2 billion to be spent on a new generation for council houses and affordable homes for residents.

The BBC reports that 60% of the homes to be constructed will be there and four bedroom according to planning and housing policy manager Mark Andrews. Additional construction for students is also in the plans.

Only 10% of the green belt will be annexed for the new 8,000 properties after residents complained about the new construction.

The council countered that the plan was "vital to have a plan for growth and development that balances an ambitious plan for the city with protecting its more sensitive green spaces". With BBC reporting the government inspector report stating:

“...exceptional circumstances to justify alterations to the green belt boundary",

"the proposed allocations are justified, effective and consistent with national policy".

The MP of Sutton Coldfield Mr.Andrew Mitchell (conservative) is opposed to the 6,000 homes to be built in the green belt of his community:

"While the priority, the urgent priority, is to build more homes so the next generation has the same advantages as their predecessors, green belt should only be used as a last resort.

"In the West Midlands, we have less green belt than most of the rest of the country and we have a particular duty to future generations to preserve as much as we can."

There is a call by the housing industry to review the policy on green belt lands in Britain by house builder Legal and General to meet the demands for housing.

The new plans will be decided 5 December for approval by the planning council.

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