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House prices will fall under a Labour government: it’ll build on Green Belt, says Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer: he’s pointing where he wants the value of people’s housing to go – down.

Here’s another Keir Starmer promise that may never be honoured.

He reckons house prices will fall under a Labour government because he’ll boost the supply of housing – build new homes.

So for many homeowners, the biggest investment they have ever made in their lives will lose value, thanks to Labour.

And there is no guarantee that the people who need new housing will be able to afford whatever Starmer may build.

Here’s what he said:

“At the moment, one of the reasons that house prices are so high is because people hold land, trying to ensure that it gains as much value as possible,” he said.

The Labour leader added: “Developers and landowners actually have a vested interest in not building so many houses, because that keeps the price high. We want to change that model and make sure that many, many more houses are built – and that the price comes down.”

He did make an interesting point about building on the Green Belt; and having just heard a discussion of this on the BBC’s Politics Live, it seems clear that a lot of nonsense is talked about this.

Starmer said a discussion was needed on building over the Green Belt, but added that he wanted to end confusion in rules that meant housing was built over a playing field in Maidstone, rather than a car park, because the car park was classified as being in the Green Belt.

To This Writer, the answer is to re-classify the car park so it isn’t in the Green Belt any more (how did it get put into the Green Belt in the first place?) – and then there would be no need to legislate to allow building in the Green Belt at all.

It should be clear to everybody that green land should be preserved, for the good of us all.

Ultimately, this seems yet another attempt by Starmer to cripple his own party’s electoral chances.

Current homeowners won’t support a party that actively campaigns to make them poorer by reducing the value of their houses, and potential homeowners won’t want to be forced to choose between having a new house and taking away everybody’s green space.

If he isn’t intentionally trying to sabotage his party’s chances, then he needs to learn how to do something that should be as natural to a lawyer as breathing: he needs to think before speaking.

Source: House prices will fall under Labour government, says Keir Starmer

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