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Nick Clegg: Compensate homeowners 'blighted' by garden cities

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development

Nick Clegg: Compensate homeowners 'blighted' by garden cities Nick Clegg: Compensate homeowners 'blighted' by garden cities

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the government should compensate homeowners if the value of their property is negatively affected by the building of garden cities.

Speaking to the BBC's Countryfile programme, the Liberal Democrats leader suggested that the government could buy homes "blighted" by new developments or offer council tax discounts.

The Tory-led coalition currently has plans for three 15,000-home garden cities.

Clegg said: "We are actively looking at things like that to show that we will go the extra mile to allay those concerns of people who feel that their property or the price of their home might be affected.

"We don't want people to lose out."

Head of policy at the National Housing Federation Rachel Fisher said: "We need more garden cities as they are part of a long-term solution to solve the housing crisis. They need to be led by developers who can work in partnership with councils and communities, taking a long-term investment view.

"Housing Associations are delivering good quality, sustainable homes across all tenures. They are social businesses whose profits are returned to the community through neighbourhood investment programmes and other contributions to the local economy. They are therefore well placed to work with local authorities and communities to deliver new garden cities that are genuinely affordable, sustainable, and welcomed by local communities."

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