Today’s edition of the Brighton Argus (9th February 2017) attributed comments to me that were not accurate. Here is the text of the letter I have sent to correct the record.
“Please may I correct comments attributed to me in Thursday’s paper. I did not say that I was “delighted with the new housing proposals”. There were one or two proposals that I welcomed, such as abandoning the requirement that 20% of homes in new developments should be Starter Homes.
“I said I felt that much had been promised before publication, but the White Paper itself was a “real disappointment”. I said the promise was akin to the offer of a beautiful beach holiday but the reality turned out to be a damp Tuesday afternoon in September on the Bognor Regis seafront. I am troubled that that was interpreted as being “delighted” with the proposals.
“I drew your reporters attention to a written statement I had prepared, and spoke to him about the White Paper being a missed opportunity to build council houses so that there was an increased supply of rents that people on medium, low and no income could afford.
“Regarding the Green Belt, I noted that developments will be allowed “in exceptional circumstances” and asked what greater exceptional circumstances are there than a housing crisis on a scale that this country has never known. If it is true that Surrey has more land given over to golf courses than housing, then I won’t weep if some green belt is lost.
“Finally, can I thank you for the kind words about me in your Editorial Comment. They were very generous.”