Welwyn Hatfield MP launches new housing scheme

A VILLAGE in Times Territory has provided the inspiration for a new national policy, proposed by the MP for Welwyn Hatfield. Yesterday (Tuesday), shadow housing minister Grant Shapps launched a new Conservative scheme that would give small villages and pa

A VILLAGE in Times Territory has provided the inspiration for a new national policy, proposed by the MP for Welwyn Hatfield.

Yesterday (Tuesday), shadow housing minister Grant Shapps launched a new Conservative scheme that would give small villages and parish communities the final say in how to develop their own area.

And the idea, he says, was inspired by a constituency visit he made last year to Essendon.

Mr Shapps was invited to the annual general meeting of the Essendon Society in June.


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"What was very interesting about the meeting was that people were saying they would like more houses.

"They have a row of boarded up, prefab bungalows, which are nothing to look at, and would like to replace them.

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"Not a massive amount, but just enough properties to keep the village going.

"As I have gone around the country, many villages, a lot like Essendon, have been saying similar things.

"I thought it was a really good idea, and now it's a Conservative party policy, a national idea that's been entirely inspired by Essendon.

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