Rugby Borough Council has been praised for giving local communities a voice when it comes to building new homes.
During the House of Commons debate Rugby MP Mark Pawsey drew attention to the council being an example of best practice when it comes to working with local communities and giving them a voice and Government minister Kris Hopkins MP praised Mr Pawsey’s continued support for housing growth.
Mr Pawsey also pointed to the encouraging statistics in the housing market, and spoke in favour of local plans, such as Rugby’s, which involve local communities in the decision making process.
Mr Pawsey said: “After the 2008 housing bubble burst, the market became very hard, especially for first time buyers. This Government has done a great deal to support buyers and to support the market, and we are now seeing a welcomed recovery. The number of houses being built is significantly up, and thanks to Government initiatives such as ‘Help to Buy’ many more hardworking people are able to get on the property ladder.”
Mr Pawsey continued: “In Rugby we have good systems in place so that local residents are better included in planning decisions and this leads to good, sustainable, development. I was delighted that, during the debate, one of my Parliamentary colleagues held up Rugby as an outstanding example of how local authorities can work together with local people to deliver what the community wants, rather than imposing unwelcome developments.”
Mr Pawsey said the Government is committed to encouraging house building and to making those homes affordable. He added: “Good progress is being made but there is more to do and I am delighted that the excellent work being undertaken in Rugby has been recognised in Parliament.”