Housing group backing call for greater access to brownfield sites
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Long Eaton racetrack
Futures Housing Group is backing the NHF's (National Housing Federation) call for greater access to brownfield sites as a means to tackle the housing crisis.
The NHF's 'Home Truths' report urges the public to support building more homes across the country to meet requirements.
East Midlands-based Futures says the area faces an urgent housing shortage as the number of homeless households reaches nearly 3,800 – a 24% increase in the last two years.
Lindsey Williams, group chief executive at Futures Housing Group, said: “We have had an excellent year when it comes to building new homes. However, we know more is needed if we are going to meet the ever increasing demand for affordable homes.
“As well as working hard with local councils and authorities, we will continue to support our partners at a regional and national level, to encourage the release of further brownfield sites and investment into affordable housing."
Futures - which manages 8,600 homes - continues to develop brownfield sites, including former racetrack Long Eaton Stadium in Derbyshire, and is on target to build its 500th new home by the end of this year.
The housing association claims that private rents in the East Midlands are predicted to rise by 67% over the next ten years, the biggest percentage increase in the country.