Memorandum by Julia Drown MP (EMP 56)
I'm pleased that the Committee is looking into
the subject of Empty Homes. I'm particularly concerned that planning
authorities, public inquiries and planning inspectors are not
seeing the importance of this.
In Swindon we have a good record on Empty Homes
but we could do even better and if challenging but sensible projections
had been adopted by the planning authorities there would have
been a reduced need to build on green fields.
This multiplied across the country could make
a huge impact on building requirements. The Empty Homes Agency
believes that planning on a figure of 1.5 per cent of homes being
empty is reasonable and I understand this has been achieved in
I hope the Committee will recommend that the
Government requires that unless exceptional reasons can be given,
1.5 per cent is built into all plans from now so that there is
extra reason to get Empty Homes back into use and to preserve
more green fields.
Labour MP for South Swindon.