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In the South West: Will the revamped right-to-buy


leave the region with fewer affordable homes?


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And fury at plans to build Dorset's Hello and welcome to the Sunday


Politics in the South West. Coming up: The rural revolt against plans


for Dorset's first onshore wind turbines. With me to discuss that


and everything else today are Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for


Truro and Falmouth and, very unusually, one of her constituents.


Not just any old constituent, though, but the former trade union


leader and Labour peer Brenda Dean. Yes, I am one of her constituents


or stop -- constituents. You are both residence in Falmouth. There


is a trial about to start. For once and for all, we will be able to see


that we can have commerce and conservation in Falmouth. A fair


trial led by experts. I am confident we will get a good result.


Falmouth needs extra investment. We know that it will bring it. We have


got a coalition year on this one. George Osborne held this up as an


example of the environmental concerns holding up economic


development. We have to be careful that it does not. We want to keep


our good environment. But people have to live and bring their


families up in the area. This development in the harbour will


bring a lot of inward investment which can be done imbalance with


the Environment. Giving council house tenants the right to buy


their homes was a defining feature of the 1980s - along with big hair


and shoulder pads. Unlike those fashion statements,


though, the Right to Buy has never entirely gone away. David Cameron


has now given the Iron Lady's flagship policy a revamp. Discounts


are being increased to make the prospect of buying easier and more


attractive. But many fear that will make the present shortage of


affordable homes even worse. Matt Pengelly reports.


Right-to-buy was one of the cornerstones of Margaret Thatcher's


policies. But it was not always popular. In recent years, sales


have dwindled. But now the Right to Buy his back. This is a great


scheme or. 2.5 million families have been given the opportunity to


buy their own homes and the opportunity for local councils to


build new homes. To reinvigorate the right-to-buy programme, David


Cameron has announced discounts of up to �75,000 on council properties


with a clear commitment that any proceeds from those sales will be


reinvested on building new affordable housing. But there is a


great deal of scepticism about that. What we receive from the Government


will not give us enough money to replace the House is that we sell.


We would have to sell four houses it to build one. It is reckoned


that 40% of Cornwall's council housing was sold under the right-


to-buy scheme. But this man was not interested in buying his house.


do not agree with council houses being sold. They were built for


social housing and that is how they should stay. So many social houses


have been sold that there is not enough houses to satisfy the needs


of people who need the House -- need a House. They is Women has


direct experience of right-to-buy, she has done it twice. Now her son


is living under her roof saving a deposit to buy and you might house


-- to buy a new House. It is a fantastic house. Locals it want to


live locally. Right-to-buy it was a good idea. It is great if that


helps people to own their own property. Everyone should be able


to do that. Especially if you work hard for your money and you wanted


to go somewhere, not being thrown away on a rent. The rebirth of


right-to-buy has had a cool reception. Labour say that there is


no guarantee of housing being built in the same areas. This has been


dreamt up to placate backbenchers who they get is a good idea. One of


the reasons behind the current housing crisis is right-to-buy


scheme. This new initiative does not get rid of their problems.


there are worries about whether the banks will lend. The National for


housing a federation -- National Housing Federation wants a


timescale for rebuilding new homes. And joining us to discuss this, the


Liberal Democrat councillor Alex Folkes. How will this work? We


asked the Government about the figures, and they have agreed that


it does not mean that the receipts can pay for like for like housing.


I think it was wrong in the past. But what about this proposal, will


it work? Each property will be replaced. How will they pay for it?


Cornwall council's housing strategy shows that they have budgeted for


the money to be able to do that and they do have the money... But how


will the short fall be made up? They retained the receipt. They can


use that money towards building a new one. It is not the only thing


that is going on. Cornwall council now owns all his own council houses.


That means about the... Cornwall Council will be able to borrow


against future housing schemes. The community needs family homes. It


will be the local decisions made in Cornwall as to how the housing will


be built. I think it is a terrible idea. We have 20,000 households on


the waiting list in Cornwall. We should be concentrating on building


a new council houses for them to 11, not selling are the ones we have


got and diminishing the market even more. We desperately need council


houses. We are all we talking about 1000 new homes every year, but we


have 22,000 people on at the waiting list. We cannot afford to


get rid of their houses we already have. But those receipts can be


used to build new homes. You Arran favour of the Right to Buy. -- you


are in favour. I do not think there will -- the one for one will work.


I cannot see how a couple who want to buy it is going to release money


for more houses to be built. There are some social issues here. Do you


want to continue having social housing in one a particular area a?


You want to have a mixed communities, people who own their


own homes and people who rent. I do not think this policy will do a lot


for that. If you sell one house, you will not have the money to


build one. And even if you do, there are 22,000 families who


desperately want a home. Cornwall signs up for this, money


from the sale of those council houses has to be spent in Cornwall.


It may be spent in a different part of Cornwall, but that will be a


local decision. There are other opportunities as well for Cornwall


to be able to build more social housing which we all agree we need.


My constituents do know what to see our small pot of council houses


disappear and be replaced at the other end of Cornwall. That is no


good to anybody. They might as well be built in Nottingham. We need to


keep them local. The opposite is true. The transfer of the ownership


of the council housing back to Cornwall, repatriating Babak to


Cornwall, debate those events in Cornwall -- keeping those rents.


Wind turbines are always controversial. Much of the South


West, with the notable exception of Cornwall, has stoutly refused to


have anything to do with them. One such county is Dorset, which is


currently windfarm free. Now, though, its residents are


contemplating a double whammy. Plans for a huge windfarm off their


world heritage coast and separate proposals from the county council


for onshore turbines as well. If that's not causing enough of a row,


all of this is driven by Government policy in favour of wind power


which is infuriating many of its own MPs. Amy Cole reports.


Blackmore Vale, this stunning landscape has proved to be a


wonderful inspiration for author so. -- authors. This landscape has


remained unchanged for decades. Brian it Trueman it lives on a


village -- Brian Trueman lives in a village on the Blackmore Vale.


has campaigned it was at the Risley against wind turbines. But the


issue is more prominent now than ever before. He is not against wind


energy in principle, but feels it is not right for dos it and is


worried that the County Council is even considering it. Having read it


ought 66 pages of that strategy, wind has to be part of the proposal.


Wind is the least cost-effective way of producing renewable energy.


It saves the least amount of carbon. And I feel it is a flawed argument.


Much of Scotland and Wales has a more wind than we do. There are no


wind turbines in Dorset, despite several applications. Reliable


energy experts say the county has the potential for 360 onshore


turbines. Dorset County Council is keen to stress that is a


theoretical figure. But they say they will have to find a room for


some wind turbines to meet government targets. Earlier this


year, backbench MPs signed a letter calling on the coalition government


to withdraw its subsidies for onshore wind development. The


majority of those MPs were Conservative. In at the


Conservative heartland of Dorset, eight Conservative MPs signed that


letter. In recent months, the wind industry has gone to great lengths


to target sceptics. In Dorset, the Conservatives lead... We have got


some good schemes, a whole range of things. I would not want anyone to


think this is about wind energy alone. Part of the strategy shows


quite clearly in the document that wind energy would only play a small


part in this. There are lots of other schemes which will have great


benefit. The strategy has already been approved by the council's


cabinet. It says it has now been put out for consultation with local


partners. One of the Tory MPs who signed that


letter of complaint is Sarah Newton. I am all in favour of local choice.


I am not in favour of a huge subsidies being given to


multinational companies to build a huge wind farms when there are


already enough of them. The government has already said that to


meet our obligations, there are enough planning applications across


the country for onshore wind. I think money should be spent on for


better things like the renewable heat or solar schemes. It is up for


local councillors and local councils to get involved. Are there


not enough and Cornwall? -- in Cornwall? I think we all have to do


our bit. What Cornwall can provide as part of the mix, if it we can


use our wind power, that is are a bit. It is better than having a


nuclear power station in the middle of Cornwall. Let's do our bit. They


will be multinational companies. We cannot rely on community efforts.


We need big companies because we need to power not just Cornwall,


but the whole of the United Kingdom. Labour was pretty keen on a large


scale wind farms. Yes, they were, but it has to be controlled. If you


look at the number of consultations from companies to that it was a


good money maker, but we cannot destroy our environment. Wind does


have its place, but it does not have a prominent place. There are


other schemes and we have to have a mixed energy policy. When the


Government launched its policy, we talked to the umbrella body, who


said they were keen on wave power, and possibly offshore wind, but to


meet targets in the short term, the only technology was onshore wind.


do not accept that. The problems with wave power were also there


with wind power and we will find a way through them. In at the next 10


years? Yes, and we are already on track to exceed or obligations.


Deep geothermal could produce 17% of the UK's energy. It is a proven


technology. There are better ways to spend money. At the size of some


of these turbines! Thanks, Alex. Now our regular round-up of the


political week in 60 seconds. A council of war in the Truro to


fight plans to put VAT on past days. -- pasties. They are living in


cloud-cuckoo-land. Best teachers will be attracted to areas where


pay is higher. The dispute over search-and-rescue helicopters.


Devon County Council has announced it has shed over 2000 jobs and are


now they are announcing to turn of street lights. -- trun off.


Should the teachers' strike about local pay? As a trade union, it is


one of the last freedoms about you have it will stop it is up to them


to decide whether they are going to or not. But if pay is going to be


reduced, as the government say they intend to, what else can we do? But


no one wants teachers to go on strike. But this statement that the


government has made is most unfair. We are a small country and a


national pay is something that is fair. If the government do this,


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