New homes needed: Balls calls for housing rethink

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Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has called for new homes to be built in the region.

The Morley and Outwood MP was in Dewsbury to meet recent home buyers as new figures published by the building society show just 50 new-build home sales were completed across the Dewsbury constituency in 2014.

Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP

Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP

Mr Balls said: “We have not built enough homes.

“We have not built enough of the kind of homes that people can afford to buy in the right kind of places. People want affordable homes in the town centre, developers are wanting to build big homes on greenfield sites which are not popular or what people can afford. Even today, looking at the figures for Dewsbury the situation looks tough.”

Analysis of Land Registry data by the Yorkshire Building Society shows that across Yorkshire the number of new-build transactions was down by more than a quarter compared to 2013.

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