The man in charge of Brighton’s leading housing and homelessness charity wants to see homes built on some downland sites.
Mr Winter made his comments on BBC Sussex this morning (Monday 27 October).
He spoke as a government planning inspector awaits a response from Brighton and Hove City Council to her demand that planners “look under every stone” for sites for new homes.
Mr Winter said that Brighton had a shortage of housing and needed bold leadership.
He said that Moulsecoomb and Bevendean were once virgin downland until someone was bold enough to build thousands of homes there.
He said that we need leaders with the same boldness today to help solve our housing crisis.
Separately BHT is today starting a campaign called Five Minutes to highlight how long it takes to help people facing eviction.
BHT advice workers provide emergency advice. Today they were due to be operating at Brighton County Court yet Mr Winter said on his blog: “We have seen a low attendance rate at the Hastings County Court, one of several courts in East Sussex where we offer free legal advice for people who face losing their homes.”
He said that BHT’s campaign aimed “to encourage people facing eviction through the courts to attend their possession hearings and to get the free emergency advice we offer at the county courts so that they stand a better chance of saving their homes”.
Mr Winter said: “We will attempt to demystify the repossession process, making it less frightening, helping people to understand the importance of attending the hearing and to ensure that they know that there is free legal advice on offer.
“This advice is available to tenants and home owners.”
BHT Hastings advice centre manager Jo Wilson said: “Receiving a letter from the court and learning that you could lose your home is a terrifying experience.
“It is understandable that people feel that there is nothing that they can do.
“But what most people don’t realise is that it is never too late and in many cases we can help to save your home.
“BHT has advisers at Hastings County Court for every initial possession hearing and we are available to offer free confidential advice to tenants and homeowners who are facing possession proceedings.
“We cannot promise to save your home but in Hastings 91 per cent of people we have worked with we have secured positive outcomes.
“We would always advocate getting advice as early as possible. But if you haven’t done so before the hearing it is always better to attend the hearing and see what we can do to help.”