25 February 2020
In the 2012 local elections, the Coventry Green Party wants a housing plan that meets local needs without destroying green field land.
Stephen Gray, candidate for Holbrook ward for the Coventry Green Party, said:
"In Coventry, there are hundreds of empty properties that need refurbishing and bringing back into use with affordable rents. These should be the priority, then new build.
"Any new build has to be affordable housing on brownfield sites within the city." (1)
Brownfield sites include the former GEC Marconi site (Binley Road/Allard Way), derelict factories along the Coventry Canal, the Coventry and Warwickshire hospital site, and the old Peugeot factory.
Gray continued: "What is key is that housing in Coventry needs to be near to jobs, and it has to be affordable, low-carbon, energy-efficient, and along public transit routes with reliable times and frequent service.
He concluded: "What Coventry needs in the 2012 local election campaign is strong local high streets, support for small business, creating jobs in Coventry, and low-carbon affordable homes for families in our city." (2)
The Coventry Green Party is running 17 candidates in this year's local elections, more than the Coventry Liberal Democrats for the 2nd straight year. In 2011, the Greens received 4121 votes across the city, missing 3rd place city-wide by 200 votes.
1) The Coventry Green Party favours focused development on brownfield sites in Coventry, on areas in need of development, so-called "spokes," outlined in the 'September 2011 Issues and Options' document from Coventry City Council.
Coventry City Council has put out for consultation three options, for the amount and location of housing to be built between now and 2028:
i) 9,000 houses, built entirely on brownfield sites
ii) 11,000 houses, built entirely on brownfield sites
iii) 20,600 houses, which would involve building on greenfield sites, and potentially, the Green Belt
The third option of 20,600 houses/greenfield sites is based on data from the Office for National Statistics.
However, those numbers were published in 2010, and were based on economic surveys done in 2008, before the recession produced a drastic downturn, and the lack of growth which we have seen recently.
2) Housing needs to be low-carbon, affordable and built on brownfield sites. House prices in Coventry, either to rent or buy, are unaffordable. Currently the average price of a house is 5.5 times average income, meaning most young families with children simply cannot afford housing.
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