Council to develop 350 affordable homes over next 10 years
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
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A council is planning to tackle a serious housing shortage by developing 350 new affordable homes over the next 10 years.
Winchester City Council will initially build 50 affordable homes in Abbotts Barton within the "next few years" before developing in other areas such as Stanmore, Weeke, Highcliffe and Winnall.
The council currently has 3,500 households on its waiting list, with 100 more joining each month.
Families with average needs and no special requirements can expect to wait three to six years for a property to become available.
And for the first time in seven years, the council has had to use temporary B&B accommodation to meet housing needs.
Cllr Ian Tait, the council’s portfolio holder for new homes delivery, said: “It is a real privilege to be leading the council’s New Homes Programme. I recognise that getting the balance right between maximising the number of homes delivered and ensuring that they respect the needs of the existing community can be very demanding. Winchester is a city that has seen continual development over its history and good quality, well-designed homes will only go to strengthen and enhance this vibrant place.
“As we move forward with our proposals to deliver around 50 new homes in Abbotts Barton we will continue to work with local residents and take into account their thoughts and issues as far as we possibly can.”
Average house prices in the Winchester town area are over £350,000 and an income of more than £60,000 is needed to get a mortgage on a two-bed property.
In recent years over 500 new affordable homes have been built in towns and villages in the Winchester district. These have included homes for rent and shared ownership, family homes, homes for single people and for those with a disability.
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