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To: Southend Borough Council

Fossetts For The People - Build Homes For Southend.

Fossetts For The People - Build Homes For Southend.

Fossetts For The People believes that Southend Council should step in and develop the 14 acres of land at Fossetts Farm, recently sold off by the NHS to Homes England, and build good quality social housing for rent to families and people most in need in Southend. Almost 40% of councils throughout England already have similar developments built through a publicly-owned Local Housing Company (LHC).

Why is this important?

Over the last decade, house prices in the borough have shot up by around 50%, meaning many local people and families have been priced out of the housing market.

With a dire shortage of good quality, affordable private rental properties in the town and a very long waiting list for council properties, Southend Borough Council could utilise this land to build in the region of 400 new homes. This would not only substantially relieve chronic housing pressures, but also bring in much needed revenue to the Council which has seen its grant from central government cut by around £8 million year on year to the tune of £40 million in total.

The NHS sold this publicly-owned plot of land, where previously a new NHS diagnostic and treatment centre had been planned, for £7.8 million in August this year. The value of this land once developed is estimated to be in excess of £40 million - potentially meaning a very handsome profit for a private developer and its shareholders!

Southend Council's recent track record of building 'affordable' housing has fallen well short of its target of 30% with figures showing it has only attained a level of 19%.

The term 'affordable' is something of a misnomer and in reality just means '80% of market value', which is not affordable at all for many many people.

In January 2018, the New Economics Foundation looked into the planned developments on NHS land which had been sold off, or was due to be sold off.

- Of the homes to be built for sale on NHS land, four out of five will be unaffordable to a nurse on an average salary. And where they could afford the mortgage repayments, a nurse would have to save for an average of 53 years to afford the deposit.

- Only one in 10 of the homes built on sold-off NHS land will be for genuinely affordable social rent. (There are 1.2 million English households on the waiting list for social housing.)

- The average expected sale price for these new homes, based on area estimates, is £315,279. This is 10 times the annual salary of a nurse. In Southend, the average property price is £304,774.

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Reasons for signing

  • This was public (NHS-owned) land to begin with, now being sold by a government-owned body. If it has to be sold in this way at all, it makes sense for it to be purchased by Southend Council and used for social housing for key workers at prices they can afford. It makes no sense for it to be sold to a private developer for luxury homes which ordinary people can't afford and where the only motive is profit.
  • Southend needs more affordable housing
  • I am currently in need of a home for me and my 9 month the old daughter..living with a family member it's extremely cramped in the home...and not any do I need help the homeless need accommodation more and more people need help...and as southend is going down hill this would be a highlight for it to help those people who need it most.

Updates

2018-11-09 02:16:55 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-11-05 19:42:37 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-11-05 14:12:17 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-11-05 11:25:37 +0000

10 signatures reached