On Thursday 2nd May, Sir David Amess MP led a debate in Parliament calling for the Government to invest in building a new generation of New Towns.
Reflecting on his experience as the MP for new town of Basildon from 1983-1997, Sir David made the case for New Towns to address housing shortages in Essex and across the country.
Speaking in the debate, the Southend West MP argued that 'We all accept that we need more housing. The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission has estimated that a minimum of 1 million new homes will be needed by 2050 to match population rises and to support economic growth throughout the region. As I have said, that is the equivalent of 31,000 homes a year, which is certainly an ambitious target.
If new towns are delivered in the right way, they not only offer affordable homes to many, but become new communities that people want to be part of. They create jobs, infrastructure links and new opportunities. When planned holistically, a new town can address our housing crisis while protecting existing communities from sprawl and the overbearing impact on local services and infrastructure.'
A full transcript of the debate can be found at https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-05-02/debates/7E0C4FB4-0A0F-48AF-85AB-959933775BC4/NewTownInEssex.