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Waveney and Suffolk Coastal outline how they will increase affordable housing

PUBLISHED: 05:35 06 June 2017

Conceptual images of what Adastral Park development may look like around the service centre with shops and sporting facilities. Picture: BROADWAY MALYAN for CEG

Conceptual images of what Adastral Park development may look like around the service centre with shops and sporting facilities. Picture: BROADWAY MALYAN for CEG

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Housing chiefs in east Suffolk are aiming to provide more than 600 new council houses and 1,500 affordable homes in the next six years to help those in need.

Community leaders' focus will be on providing more affordable homes in east Suffolk over the next six years. Picture: STOCK IMAGE Community leaders' focus will be on providing more affordable homes in east Suffolk over the next six years. Picture: STOCK IMAGE

Housing chiefs in east Suffolk are aiming to provide more than 600 new council houses and 1,500 affordable homes in the next six years to help those in need.

Demand is coming not just from vulnerable people in urban areas, but also families – younger and older residents – desperate to stay in the villages where they have lived all their lives but find themselves priced out of the market.

The demand “significantly exceeds” supply with the number of households on waiting lists four times the number of homes which become available each year.

An average of 4,000 people have had active applications for social housing in east Suffolk in recent years, while total lettings of social rented homes averaged just under 1,000 a year.

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney councils, which are set to merge into a super council, have now drawn up a new set of policies and aims to deal with the crisis.

The documents, set to be approved by both councils this month, say the main focus will be to increase the amount of council-owned affordable housing from 4,479 homes to more than 5,100 homes including developing on council-owned and “exception site” land in Suffolk Coastal.

There will also be a drive to increase the overall number of affordable homes in Waveney by 150 a year and in Suffolk Coastal by 100 a year.

In 2015/16 just 13 new affordable homes were built in Waveney and 79 in Suffolk Coastal, and in the past six years the average has been 58 and 57 respectively.

The councils say the aims to redress this by working with developers on major development, such as the 2,000-home Adastral Park project and the 1,300 homes planned at Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area, where one-third will be affordable homes or legal agreements will guarantee cash towards housebuilding.

They will also work housing associations and the private sector, develop small and medium sized sites in their ownership, and examine the possibility of creating a separate housing development company.

The councils’ report said: “There are too few affordable rented homes in East Suffolk. In total there are just under 13,500 affordable rented homes across the two districts.

“In recent years, despite Waveney initiating a small council new build programme, and continuing housing association development, the stock of social housing in both districts has increased slowly, with sales of homes under the Right to Buy offsetting the growth through new development.

“Most housing demand is in the main urban settlements and market towns, but there remains a small acute demand for affordable housing in the smaller rural settlements.

“This can provide critical support to the sustainability of those places, by enabling younger working families to remain and older residents to move to more suitable housing while continuing to live within their community.”

4 comments

  • An old dirty piece of land of land has just become available again of Landseer Road, near the gas plant and guess what, some idiot wants to stick a load of 'lovely flats and apartments' on it. I pity the fools who buy into that.

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    Dark Town

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • STOP STOP STOP STOP calling it affordable housing. It means nothing. If you are a millionaire....everything is affordable. As long as private developers are given the house building remit they will be after making the biggest bucks over every square inch of land. This has led to the appalling housing situation we have today.

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    Scuzzer

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • We'll dump them on Ipswich without any joined up plan for infrastructure, and then cream off the taxes. Pure genius!

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    Mark Ling

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • Yep, 600 council houses with a waiting list of over 100, typical

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    thundercat

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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