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Council 'fails dismally' to meet own housing targets in Redbridge

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Council 'fails dismally' to meet own housing targets Council 'fails dismally' to meet own housing targets

The Ilford Recorder has used a Freedom of Information request to reveal desperate times for local residents with "almost 8,000 people waiting for a home in Redbridge as the council fails dismally to meet its housing targets".

The paper noted that the London borough’s 10-year plan aimed to create 4,525 more affordable homes. "Five years on, just 440 have been granted planning approval," it said.

The FoI request showed that out of the 3,048 homes which received planning permission from 2009 to 2014, only 440 were affordable.

The Recorder quoted Councillor Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council, as saying there were no easy solutions and blaming the previous administration.

"Some of the problem we have had has been that the previous administration had really no appetite for looking at housing in any real sense," Athwal said. "It’s something we are looking at. It’s not just affordable housing, it’s housing in general. First our quantity is low but our quality is low also. We can’t build houses overnight but we can raise the quality of what we have got – nobody should live in squalor."

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes said: "We have a desperate shortage of affordable housing in Redbridge."

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