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Midlothian Local Housing Policy

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We say rooms for improvement!

Midlothian Council is preparing a draft Local Housing Strategy. This document will set out its plans to ‘improve’ housing provision in the county from 2020 to 2025 – and they want your views! But there isn’t much time as the consultation only runs until 28 August 2020.

An online survey where you can submit your views is available at: www.midlothian.gov.uk/news/article/3004/tell_us_how_to_improve_housing. If you want to contribute to the process, email lesley.connell@midlothian.gov.uk to find out how you can do this or to get more information.  

Midlothian Green Party already has a vision for housing provision in Midlothian into the 21C. This is what we demand:

Mixed use developments

  • housing, workplaces, shops, leisure and community facilities, schools and health centres are located within easy reach by walking or cycling.

High quality

  • energy efficient homes;
  • houses have high levels of insulation and air-tightness, reducing energy consumption;
  • houses are built from natural, non-toxic materials, giving a healthy indoor environment;
  • housing uses ecological design techniques such as passive heating and cooling;
  • houses are built from low-energy materials;
  • power and heating will come from renewable energy sources such as solar and geothermal, using district heating systems.

Homes for all

  • housing is built and run by community organisations, co-operatives and the council, not by volume private house builders who allocate only a small proportion of their land to ‘affordable’ houses;
  • housing is a mix of different types to enhance social inclusion and to ensure that homes are suited to the needs of the elderly, children and families, and those with different health needs;
  • tenants/owners have more control over the design and quality of new houses;
  • there is compulsory sale of undeveloped land for which planning permission has been granted.

Positive environmental impacts

  • new developments make maximum use of brownfield sites and derelict or empty buildings;
  • there is a strong presumption against building on greenfield sites and, in particular, on prime agricultural land and Green Belt;
  • new housing developments should include green spaces for recreation and biodiversity.

Again – online survey at: www.midlothian.gov.uk/news/article/3004/tell_us_how_to_improve_housing

If you want to contribute to the process, email lesley.connell@midlothian.gov.uk to find out how you can do this or to get more information.

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