Last edited 21 Jul 2017

2017 General Election manifestos

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With the General Election on 8th June 2017 fast approaching, we have had a look at the main parties' manifestos and extracted the key points and proposals that relate to construction, infrastructure and the built environment.

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[edit] Conservatives

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[edit] Planning

[edit] Housing

  • Meet the 2015 commitment to deliver a million homes by the end of 2020 and deliver half a million more by the end of 2022 (including 160,000 on government-owned land).
  • Deliver the reforms proposed in the Housing White Paper to free up more land for new homes, speed up build-out by encouraging modern methods of construction, and give councils powers to intervene where developers do not act on planning permissions.
  • Support high-quality, high-density housing such as mansion blocks, mews houses and terraced streets.
  • Enter into new council housing deals with local authorities to help them build more social housing, providing them with significant low-cost capital funding.
  • Build new fixed-term social houses, to be sold privately after 10-15 years with an automatic right to buy for tenants, the proceeds of which will be recycled into more new homes.
  • Give greater flexibility to housing associations to increase their housing stock.

[edit] Industrial strategy

  • Encourage and promote the use of shale gas fracking.
  • A new £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund targeted at housing, research and development, economic infrastructure and skills. This will include; £740 million of digital infrastructure investment; 'The largest investment in railways since Victorian times'; £1.1 billion to improve local transport; £250 million in skills by the end of 2020.

[edit] Labour

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[edit] Infrastructure

  • Complete the HS2 high-speed rail line from London through Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, and then into Scotland.
  • Build a new Brighton Main Line for the South East.
  • Build Crossrail 2.
  • Deliver rail electrification and expansion across the whole country.
  • Deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022.

[edit] Industrial strategy

  • Ensure that 60% of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030.
  • Ban shale gas fracking.

[edit] Housing

  • Remove government restrictions that stop councils building homes.
  • Invest to build more than a million new homes. By the end of the next Parliament, be building at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.
  • Establish a new Department for Housing to focus on tackling the crisis.
  • Overhaul the Homes and Communities Agency to become a housing delivery body, and give councils new powers to build the homes local communities need.
  • Prioritise brownfield sites and protect the green belt.
  • Start work on a new generation of New Towns to build homes and avoid urban sprawl.
  • Insulate more homes.
  • Consult on new rules on minimum space standards to prevent 'rabbit hutch’ properties and on new modern standards for building 'zero carbon homes’.
  • Keep the Land Registry in public hands, and make ownership of land more transparent.
  • Suspend the right-to-buy policy to protect affordable homes for local people, with councils only able to resume sales if they can prove they have a plan to replace homes sold like-for-like.

[edit] Liberal Democrats

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[edit] Infrastructure

[edit] Housing

  • New direct spending on house building to help build 300,000 homes a year by 2022.
  • £5 billion of initial capital for a new British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank, using public money to attract private investment for these priorities.
  • Create at least 10 new garden cities in England.
  • End the voluntary Right to Buy pilots that sell off housing association homes.
  • Lift the borrowing cap on local authorities and increase the borrowing capacity of housing associations.
  • Scrap exemptions on smaller housing development schemes from their obligation to provide affordable homes.
  • Require local plans to take into account at least 15 years of future housing need.
  • Create a community right of appeal where planning decisions go against the approved local plan.

Enable local authorities to:

  • Levy up to 200% council tax on second homes and ‘buy to leave empty’ investments from overseas.
  • Enforce housebuilding on unwanted public sector land.
  • Penalise excessive land-banking when builders have failed to build after three years.
  • End the Right to Buy if they choose.

[edit] Sustainability

  • Ensure that four million properties receive insulation retrofits by 2022.
  • Pass a new Green Buildings Act to set new energy-efficiency targets, including a long-term ambition for every home in England to reach at least an energy rating of B and C by 2035.
  • Restore the zero-carbon standard for new homes, increasing the standard steadily and extending it to non-domestic buildings by 2022.

[edit] Skills

[edit] Scottish National Party

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  • £400 million to deliver superfast broadband to 95% of properties across Scotland by the end of 2017. Reach 100% by 2021.
  • Invest more than £3 billion to deliver at least 50,000 new affordable houses, of which at least 35,000 will be houses for social rent.
  • Introduce a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty.
  • Continue to invest in Help to Buy and Shared Equity schemes, helping first time buyers onto the housing ladder.
  • Not allow fracking or underground coal gasification in Scotland unless it can be proved beyond any doubt that it will not harm the environment, communities or public health.

[edit] Plaid Cymru

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  • Invest £7.5 billion in Welsh Infrastructure.
  • Re-open of the Carmarthen–Aberystwyth railway.
  • Improved valleys train services.
  • Improvements to the A55 in north Wales.
  • The expansion of the Traws Cymru bus network.
  • A commitment to making ultra-fast broadband available to all of Wales.
  • Roll out 5G mobile signal nationwide.
  • Increase energy generation from renewables.
  • Deliver tidal lagoons in Swansea Bay, Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.
  • Create an energy company to use profit from Welsh resources to cut the cost of energy for Welsh consumers.

[edit] Green Party

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  • A major programme to build affordable, zero carbon homes, including 100,000 social rented homes each year by 2022.
  • A public works programme of insulation.
  • Investing in flood defences and natural flood management.
  • Strong protection for the green belt, National Parks, SSSIs and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • End mass council house sales and scrap Right to Buy at discounted prices.
  • Bring empty homes back into use and trial a Land Value Tax to encourage the use of vacant land and reduce speculation.
  • Help first-time buyers by aiming for house price stability - axe buy-to-let tax breaks, and back community-led approaches to building affordable homes.
  • Require all councils to appropriately plan for the housing needs of deaf, disabled and older people.
  • Invest in regional rail links and electrification of existing rail lines, rather than HS2.
  • Invest in low-traffic neighbourhoods and safe, convenient networks of routes for walking and cycling.

[edit] UK Independence Party

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