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.


[edit] Conservatives


[edit] Planning

[edit] Housing

[edit] Industrial strategy

[edit] Labour


[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


[edit] Infrastructure

[edit] Housing

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.

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[edit] Scottish National Party


  • £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


  • 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


[edit] UK Independence Party


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