The housing market will rise from the bunker
The party conference season gives MP’s a chance to play rough and have a swing at existing arrangements. At last week’s excellent Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, Vince Cable, business secretary in the coalition government, made proposals to increase the stock of social housing. As well as introducing regulated Mortgage Rescue Schemes to allow families struggling with repayments to sell all or part of the equity in their house and rent it back from a housing association or private firm to help keep them in their homes, Mr Cable said.
“After years of this Government’s apathy, which allowed the housing market to boom hopelessly out of control, millions are now feeling the painful consequences of a market in freefall.
Now is also the time to allow councils and Registered Social Landlords to borrow against their assets to buy up unsold properties and sites from building companies in order to replenish the social housing stock, to deal with the current 1.67 million households on social housing waiting lists.”
There is an easy way of collating yardage that would stimulate the ailing building economy and provide those much needed for homes. The road map to recovery is a simple drive. Pick up any A to Z street map and open it on any random two-page spread and the answer is staring you in the face.
There are too many golf courses.
They’re not hidden away like Wally, they’re there on every page. Little dollops of green plastered at varying intervals. A complete and utter waste of space. Consider a regulation par 4 golf hole. How many people use it at the one time? Four at the most, in a Fourball, say. Four people with 400 yards to themselves. Criminal. The rest of the time it’s sitting vacant. Well it’s time to condemn it.
Forcibly buying these courses from the owners, at low cost I might add, a kind of reverse windfall tax, would give us enough land to build new urban landscapes. Let’s get those building sites erected on England’s greens and make them more pleasant for more of the population. As for the golfers, they’ll just have to take up a more sensible pastime.