Monday, 17 August 2009

GREENS SUPPORT NO USE EMPTY CAMPAIGN

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 17th August 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

GREENS SUPPORT NO USE EMPTY CAMPAIGN

Kent Green Party supports the effort, led by Kent County Council, to put empty homes into use: the No Use Empty Campaign (http://www.no-use-empty.org/ ). In more good news about the housing sector, brand new low carbon housing has been built at the same costs as conventional housing (1) Steve Dawe comments:

“Applying £5 million towards getting Kent’s 18,000 empty properties into use is an extremely worthwhile and effective use of public funds to address housing need. The No Use Empty Campaign (http://www.no-use-empty.org/ is the sort of well-aimed public spending that we need to ensure that the poorest groups do not suffer the most in the current recession. Whilst we are surprised that Shepway District Council is not listed amonst those supporting this initiative, it is to be welcomed as a cheap route to providing more low cost housing for rent. We look forward to seeing the same approach being applied to long-term empty industrial buildings and sites.

“We were also pleased to note that, contrary to previous claims by elements of the construction industry, low carbon housing of the type which will be standard from 2016, has been built for the same cost as conventional housing(1). We hope that councils will collaborate to encourage high-quality systems building to lower the cost of social housing and new homes for purchase in Kent and Medway, whilst raising building standards to the level we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from homes.” C 245 words

FURTHER INFORMATION:

From Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. Brand new homes built with ultra-modern materials and which already meet the government's strict zero-carbon rating that all new houses will have to meet from 2016. And, crucially, they have been built to a comparable cost to conventional houses, blowing away in an instant the claims of the big housebuilders that meeting the 2016 target will entail huge cost and put up property prices. Observer 16th Aug 2009 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/aug/16/zero-carbon-housing

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