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Town is hit by ‘North-South divide’, says MP

New figures show that Chesterfield lags behind in building new homes.

The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better , says Toby Perkins MP

The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better, says Toby Perkins MP

The town is falling victim to the failure of Government policy to address the North-South divide, according to the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) latest figures, undermining claims a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is already benefitting places like Chesterfield.

The NHBC, who work to raise the standards of new homes and provide consumer protection for buyers, say almost 140,000 homes were built across the UK last year. This works out at an average of 214 per parliamentary constituency.

In Chesterfield, just 56 new homes were built in 2015, representing a fall of 33 homes in the constituency from the previous year.

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, estimate that the UK needs 250,000 new homes a year to meet demand; this works out at about 384 residences per constituency.

Commenting on the NHBC’s figures, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “The Council have identified and approved plans for many new sites across Chesterfield but Government failure means developers aren’t prioritising plans in areas like ours.

“The figures released by the National House Building Council show we’re falling well short of meeting demand.

“A housing shortage hits the young hardest as it makes it harder to get on the housing ladder.”

Mr Perkins added: “I’m calling on the Government to give meaning to the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ by ensuring that they aren’t consistently reducing our buying power compared to wealthier areas.

“Local services here have faced much bigger cuts than some in the South. That impacts on the local economy and isn’t helped when major infrastructure projects like the Midland Mainline electrification have stalled.

“The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better it will be for the families in Chesterfield, who need more homes to be built.”

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