Letter from our Branch Secretary to Surrey Advertiser, 8th June 2018
The Drake Park development, its appeal this week rejected by the Secretary of State, offered hope for local families in Walton and Hersham who have spent years on the housing register, living in cramped and inadequate housing.
It was also a rare chance for young people on low wages and key workers to possibly acquire truly affordable homes to rent or buy in an area of extreme inequality, where average house prices have risen 495% between 1995 and 2015 and foodbank use is increasing at three times the national average.
Elmbridge Borough Council, according to its own website, has built only 480 homes between 2011 and 2018 with just 100 forecast for the year March 2018 to March 2019.
There appears to be no other development of the scale of Drake Park with its 500 “affordable” homes on the horizon.
While the comfortably well-off NIMBYs may be happy that it has finally been killed off, there are many on limited incomes who will view its demise with a sense of frustration and continuing despair.