Keith Taylor, MEP for South East England, visited Andover on the day of his housing report launch in Hampshire.
The Andover Green Party has launched their election campaign by calling for Test Valley Borough Council to reject the modification to an Augusta Park development that would see 200 less affordable homes in Andover.
Dan Hill, the Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for North West Hampshire said: “At a time where there is growing concern about the provision of affordable housing, we are seeing a local development trying to reduce the number of affordable homes they will provide. I think this is unacceptable.”
Augusta Park in East Anton will consist of 2,500 homes and is part of Test Valley’s commitment to providing 10,000 new homes by 2026. However, developers Taylor Wimpey have lodged an application to reduce the number of affordable homes from 40 per cent to 30 per cent.
Dan continued “We welcome that the development considers sustainability, with the inclusion of solar panels and air source heat pumps. However, we must ensure these energy and cost-saving features are available to all, especially people who are worrying how they will find next month’s rent and those on a waiting list for a home.”
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is launching his new housing report in Hampshire (Wednesday 8th April). The public meeting ‘Everyone knows we have a housing crisis: let’s do something it.’ will take place in Winchester, the UK’s second least affordable place to live in the UK and Keith will be joined by a panel of housing experts.
Keith Taylor said: “It is disappointing that developers are looking to reduce the number of affordable homes it will provide in Andover. It is time to move away from treating houses purely as financial assets to be shuffled around for maximum gain and instead ensure that we provide decent and affordable homes that meet people’s needs.
“This report demonstrates that housing has become unsustainably expensive, and that fresh political will and innovative mechanisms are needed to make housing work for people again. I hope the council will listen to the concerns of local residents and ensure this application is rejected.”
North West Hampshire Greens are also concerned that Hampshire County Council agreed that developers can build an additional 350 properties on land which was originally safeguarded for a secondary school.