Mark Fletcher visited a number of developments as part of his housing day to raise awareness for the need to build quality affordable housing throughout the Bolsover constituency.
Since being elected in 2019, campaigning to ensure more housing is built throughout the constituency has been one of Mark’s key aims.
Throughout the UK and in the Bolsover constituency there is a need for more housing to be built to keep up with high demand. House prices have shot up over the last 20 years, meaning young people, first time buyers and those on low incomes haven’t been able to get onto the housing ladder.
Mark visited 3 developments over the course of the day, including sites with Keepmoat Homes in Hodthorpe and Bolsover, as well as the Lovell Homes development in Holmewood. The Developers have been working hard to engage with the community and are committed to delivering quality housing.
These visits follow previous developments with Gleeson Homes in Creswell and Keepmoat Homes in Shirebrook, with the latter being visited by Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick to launch the affordable homes scheme.
The day comes after the Government pledged to reform the UK’s outdated planning system to ensure more housing is built throughout the UK to fix the housing crisis. As the Government looks to build back better from the pandemic and level up the whole of the UK, solving the housing crisis is one of the key challenges.
Making sure that everyone is able to get onto the housing ladder and are able to put down roots in their area is a key aim in the levelling up agenda. Mark has been campaigning to ensure that this vision is realised in Bolsover since his election.
Commenting on the visits, Mark said:
“I’m really pleased to have visited the various developments today. It’s so important that we continue to build better housing throughout the Bolsover constituency in a way that is sensitive to the needs of our local communities.
“We need to continue building more quality housing throughout the area to ensure that young people, first time buyers, keyworkers and those on lower incomes can all have a place to call home in their community.
“If we’re going to get serious about levelling up our constituency, improving education and bringing better jobs and investment to the area, we need to start with ensuring we have lots of high-quality housing stock. People should be able to have a quality place to live and not have to move away to do that.
I’d like to thank Keepmoat and Lovell Homes for inviting me to visit these developments. I’ve been blown away by the quality of their work and their commitment to making sure that we have a good standard of housing throughout the constituency. They’ve been working really closely with residents and the wider community to ensure the work they’re doing is sensitive to the needs of people there.”