Election fever is in the air already and 2015’s vote-wheedling is being stoked strongly by the theme (or dream) of home ownership.
Dave Cameron this week brazenly promised to double the coalition’s opening offer of 100,000 cut-price starter homes for buyers under 40. Labour cranked it up – 20,000 new homes a year to be built by 2020. “No, 30,000 a year!” squawked the Lib Dems in this escalating game of house-buildy one-upmanship.
It’s all about supply and demand, though and all efforts are concentrating on subverting red tape on new homes to get Britain building. Yet spare a thought for one enterprising little group in Somerset that this week has had its own innovative community expansion plans crushed. The trustees of Wayford Woods have decided it’s time to crack down on the rapid and unregulated expansion of homes for the fairy-folk upon its land.
Hundreds of tiny doors have appeared at the bases of trees over the last 15 years and the Wayford Woods Charitable Trust has decided enough is enough. “We’re not anti-fairies but it’s in danger of getting out of control,” huffed trustee Steven Acreman. “We had a complete fairy fairground arrive, but we rejected that planning proposal.”
So if even the elfin folk can’t make a home for themselves without being crushed underfoot by the local pixie planning department, what hope is there for full-sized developments?
We’ll have to wait until May to see which party get to put their homebuilding plans into practice, but with even tiny, magical building projects meeting such stern opposition, it might all turn out to be the stuff of myth and whimsy.
News in brief
Energy ombudsman Ofgem slapped Scottish Power with a 12-day ban on proactive sales after the big six provider failed to buck up its woeful customer services performance.
The government flogged its 40% stake in Eurostar to an Anglo-Canadian consortium for £751.1m.
‘Plebgate’ PC Toby Rowland accepted £80,000 in damages from Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell – how very gracious of him.
On Covered mag this week
Emily Bater seeks out homely touches for Generation Rent.
Dan Bevis has his lifelong dream of driving a Jag E-Type shattered – by the understated allure of an Austin Allegro.
Find out how to get a brand new wardobe all sewn up.
Join us next week as we crack off another salvo of the Money Shot. Until then, send us your letters.