Infrastructure, Housing and the ‘Outsiders’

12/11/2017

As landowners eye the potential rewards for putting forward their land for development, we are still faced with a lack of infrastructure to accommodate further housing needs. Have we been blind to the ‘unlocking’ of land in here in the Rochford District with ‘bigger’ infrastructure investments taking place right beneath our noses? Crossrail is due […]

Some Success with Sanctuary Housing

02/04/2017

Sometime ago I wrote about Sanctuary Housing and there slow response to dealing with tenants complaints/requests. Well, last week I have finally heard back from Emma Keegan, MD of Sanctuary Housing, that finally after a painful 6 months, Sanctuary Housing have completed the work they promised a resident. I’m not so sure what the hold […]

Not Such A Sanctuary for Some

08/02/2017

On Tuesday night I attended RDC Review Committee. One of the items (which I will post more on shortly), involved Sanctuary. Emma Keegan, MD came under fire from Tory Cllr Shaw for it’s poor performance for maintenance of its property portfolio. Silently, I could not avoid agreeing with Cllr Shaw about Sanctuary’s lack of responsiveness. […]

The Definition of Affordable?

08/12/2016

It’s something I’ve had many conversations about and I’m sure other Councillors have also had thoughts about but I’ve never really got a clear answer. What is the definition of ‘affordable’ when it comes down to new housing developments. I found this definition on the Government’s website Affordable housing is social rented, affordable rented and […]

More Houses…Have the Developers Finally Won?

08/11/2016

Rayleigh Town Council Planning Committee Last night’s planning committee meeting was a full evening with numerous big applications being discussed. We saw the resubmitted Timber Grove application in West Rayleigh for “Demolition of existing care home and all other buildings, erection of 83 dwellings comprising 5no. two bed houses, 25no. three bed houses, 16no. four […]

Dispatches reports: The Great Housing Scandal

26/10/2016

As high house prices and many properties with ‘out of reach’ rental costs, does this mean more Rochford residents will be forced on to the housing register and is this a ticking time bomb for Rochford District Council? Many areas of public land in the UK was earmarked to fulfil the land shortage needed for new homes. However Dispatches […]

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