David Melding – one of the two Conservative AMs for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth) – has pledged that if the Conservative Party comes to power in the next Welsh Assembly elections they will double the number of new homes being built in Wales.
The pledge has been made to coincide with the launch the Welsh Conservatives’ new strategy on housing later today.
The Conservatives say they want to ” create an environment where its easier for private firms, housing associations and councils to be able to build new homes”.
Melding – who lives in Penarth – says that only 6,000 new homes have been built in Wales under the Welsh Labour Government within the last 12 months – a figure which is 19% down on the previous year.
He has now pledged on TV that the Welsh Conservatives will aim to build 12,000 homes a year – and says a crisis in housing will only be tackled if all the political parties agree on “ambitious targets”.
The Conservatives say they will :-
- Scrap land transaction tax [the Wales version of “stamp duty”] for first-time buyers on properties up to £250,000
- Lift borrowing restrictions on social housing
- Set up a statutory register of brownfield sites [ areas previously built upon]
- Unlock the potential of small and medium-sized construction firms by making planning less complex and less expensive and by increasing access to affordable finance .