According to the Conservative Party website the Conservative Party will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:
We need more homes – but they must be built in a way that protects the environment and provides the infrastructure to support local communities.
That’s why local people need to decide where new homes should go, instead of Whitehall bureaucrats. And that’s why we will use incentives to encourage new homes to be built, rather than letting unelected quangos impose unsustainable development on communities.
Labour’s planning rules have resulted in a shortage of family homes and the bulldozing of homes with gardens – and they have prevented the market building new homes with parking spaces and gardens. A Conservative Government will change these rules as a matter of urgency.
Mr. Brown’s property tax hikes have helped kick a whole generation off the housing ladder. We will address this by:
* Scrapping Stamp Duty for first-time buyers on homes up to £250,000, so that nine out of ten pay nothing
* Abolishing Home Information Packs which have made moving house even more expensive and difficult
Whereas Labour have curtailed the right of social tenants to own their home, a Conservative Government will make it easier for social tenants to own or part-own their home. This will not only help people up the housing ladder, but also ensure residents have greater pride and a greater stake in their community.
Conservative Party Housing Policy :http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/Where_we_stand/Housing.aspx
I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative’s Housing policies in the comments below?