Infrastructure must improve to help first time buyers, says Portsmouth Property Association

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TRANSPORT issues need to be addressed to allow people to buy properties further away and commute to work, the Portsmouth Property Association has said.

It comes as Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday that the government will be making it easier for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder.

Under the plans, builders in England will no longer be forced to offer low-cost rented homes in new developments.

Instead they will be able to offer starter homes for first-time buyers under 40 as well, at discounted prices.

But property prices in England and Wales increased by 0.4 per cent in September, the ninth month in a row when values have grown.

Neil Maxwell is the vice-chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association.

He said: ‘It’s going to make it more difficult for people to purchase a house with people having to save for bigger deposits.

‘David Cameron said about wanting to buy houses and affordable properties but for an area like Portsmouth the problem is where are we going to build them without losing our green spaces?

‘We need affordable housing but building new houses in our area isn’t necessarily the answer.’

Mr Maxwell said the focus locally should be on improving the infrastructure locally so that people can live a bit further away and commute to work.

‘We should be improving infrastructure and transport so people can commute. The constant traffic jams on the M27 should be sorted.

‘We need to make use of the housing in the area that we have got. Gosport prices are a lot less than they are in Portsmouth itself and that’s because of the A32.

‘We’ve got a perfect storm because we’ve got the traffic in Gosport and the M27.

‘We need to open up difficult areas for people to live in that are cheaper.

‘What we are seeing in Portsmouth in terms of house prices going up is due to the pressure of people getting on and off the island.’