Housing & Planning
Labour believes everyone in Cornwall should have a decent, secure and affordable home.
Labour will take action against rogue landlords and ensure rented homes are fit for human habitation.
Labour believes that the planning system in Cornwall is key to providing and protecting the kind of Cornwall we want to live in.
Everyone who lives in Cornwall should have a decent home they can afford to live in so we will make the cost of private ownership, private rents and social rents reflect the reality of earnings here and be truly affordable. A decent home is a right, we will ensure there is enough of
the right housing in the right places to provide decent homes for everyone who lives here, this will include social rented housing so we will ensure all existing social rented housing is a decent standard and build good quality council housing where it is needed.
We will work to close the loophole that allows second homes to avoid council tax, this revenue will be used to fund social rented housing. We will lobby government for the right to charge a ‘housing offset levy’ which will raise money to offset the damage caused to our communities
by second homes.
Providing the right housing in the right places that people can afford to live in will help to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping which we will further tackle by introducing a ‘housing first’ policy.
We will lobby government to stop imposing unfair, unrealistic planning diktats that don’t take account of the situation in Cornwall. It’s vital that communities have a strong voice in planning so we’ll make sure every town and parish has a Neighbourhood Plan, this will mean local people have
a democratic say in the future of their communities.
We will seek powers from the government to plan communities rather than disconnected developments and make sure that local infrastructure such as schools and healthcare are planned alongside new homes. We will seek powers to make changes to planning rules to prevent our communities being hollowed out any further by second homes.
All new homes should already be built as zero carbon homes to reduce their environmental impact and make them more economical to run. The government has a target date of 2050 to achieve this; as this kind of home can already be built we believe Cornwall should lead the
way in protecting it’s environment by working towards an earlier date for all new homes to be zero carbon.