A campaign group for affordable housing, ‘Brighton’s Future’, has recently been set up, born out of a desire to find solutions to Brighton’s housing crisis.
The website has a very interesting item, ‘Getting the answers from our elected representatives’, that contrasts the views of three of Brighton and Hove’s biggest political beasts, Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Cllr Graham Cox (Conservative), and Cllr Warren Morgan (Labour).
‘Brighton’s Future’ currently has a petition on Brighton and Hove City Council’s website, which I would urge you to sign. The petition reads:
“We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to ensure any future residential proposals in sustainable development locations, which include identified brownfield and urban fringe sites (we say no to development in the National Park), are positively planned to ensure Brighton’s full housing requirements are met. Proposed developments should comply with Brighton’s requirement of 40% affordable housing to address the vast shortfall in supply of affordable homes in the City.”
So please, please sign the petition. Having said that, I can’t sign the petition, not because of it being politically challenging or because I in any way oppose what ‘Brighton’s Future’ is trying to achieve, but because I disagree with their stance of not developing in the national park. I am on record as saying: “We will need to do some rather radical and controversial things, such as building on the Downs and in the National Park. I personally would favour building between Falmer and Woodingdean.”
I am always encouraged by initiatives such as this, particularly when young people have the fire in their belly and anger in their heart which they harness in order to bring about change for the better.