After government plans to build a million homes by 2020 were unveiled, UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott has written to the Communities Secretary for assurances that the North East will get its fair share.
Mr Arnott, Euro-MP for the region, has penned a letter to Sajid Javid because he fears that the plan, with a first phase price tag of £5bn, will focus on the South East despite Theresa May confirming her commitment to the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse.’
“Time and again the North East gets overlooked in terms of investment in homes, transport and jobs and I want an assurance that the region will not be sidelined,” said Mr Arnott.
“I am glad that brownfield land is to be the target of the plans as I am bitterly opposed to building on green belt land, both in my region and elsewhere. The homes shortage has, of course, been exacerbated by uncontrolled immigration.
“It is vital that these are affordable homes as so many people, particularly young couples, are struggling to get on the housing ladder. The situation is painfully aggravated in the North East as the regional unemployment rate is the highest in the country with figures between May and July standing at 98,000 out of work.
“Transport links must be improved to encourage investment to the area and also to help workers reach a wider job market,” he added.