Forest premier league in new affordable rural homes
Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Not-for-profit community homes organisation Two Rivers Housing has welcomed a Forest of Dean Council report which today highlighted the area as being a top performer in delivering new low cost homes for local people.
Forest of Dean District Council said one of its top achievements was 73 affordable homes delivered so far this year - with more in the pipeline.
“Statistics from the Homes and Communities Agency show we are nationally one of the best performing rural authorities for the delivery of affordable homes,” the council said.
Garry King, Two Rivers Chief Executive, said he was delighted the council had highlighted the importance of new affordable rural homes for the Forest.
“We have completed 43 homes so far this year with another 116 under construction. We have plans for over 300 affordable homes. The council’s backing is really important to us.
“Our £38million investment programme has got £3 million support from Government. To get the cash, the Government wants us to sell some of our older houses. For every one we sell we will be able to build two or more new ones.
“This is an essential part of the deal that is putting the area at the top of the new homes construction league table.
“We have a number of these older homes on the market. They are great value for local first time buyers, so it’s pumping new life into the local affordable housing market too.
“We have delivered over 400 new homes over the last decade, 190 of the most recent being eco homes, helping hard pressed householders cope with rocketing gas and electric prices,” he said.
The importance of Two Rivers’ home building programme was highlighted today by a report issued by the National Housing Federation which showed that the housing waiting list in the Forest was up by 29% - from 1,751 in 2010 to 2,261 in 2011.
“Homelessness is a massive problem as the gap between stagnating incomes and rocketing house prices puts an even greater strain on hard pressed families.
“Building new affordable homes has never been more important, and not-for-profit community organisations like Two Rivers are leading the way in providing for the local community today and future generations,” Garry said.