Shelter warns South East Plan does not address housing issue

19 April 2005
The housing charity Shelter is warning that the proposals for new house building in the south-east region outlined in the South East Plan do not sufficiently address the housing issue and could create problems in the future.

The Plan, consultation on which ended on Friday, sets out how house building in the south-east is to develop, proposing 32,000 new homes to be built each year.

However, according to Shelter even this maximum proposed level falls short of what is needed to accommodate population growth and tackle homelessness and unsatisfactory housing conditions.

"Tens of thousands of children in the south-east are having their futures wrecked by homelessness, overcrowding and bad housing," said Adam Sampson, director of Shelter.

"If we fail to tackle these problems today we are not only letting down those families and youngsters who are suffering at the sharp end of the housing crisis - but we are storing up huge problems for the future of the south-east."

Shelter advises that there must be a dramatic increase in social housing in order to address the problem.

Whilst stating that minimising environmental impact and maximising sustainability must be priorities, the charity warns that scaremongering about the environmental effects of new house-building is preventing people from gaining much-needed new accommodation.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England complained last week that the countryside and environmental issues were sidelined in the South East Plan.

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