Housing charity claims Lichfield needs 581 new affordable homes a year

Building site. Pic: Ian Britton

Building site. Pic: Ian Britton

A new website has claimed that Lichfield needs to build 581 affordable new homes a year to keep up with demand.

The Shelter Housing League Table has also suggested that it will take almost five years to clear the backlog of people waiting for low-cost housing in the area.

The new website has been created by the charity to highlight the scale of the housing problem facing councils up and down the country.

But Lichfield District Council have claimed that the figures are “unrealistic”.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said:

“We are committed to helping local people to find good local homes. As part of this, we work with developers to make sure affordable homes are built in new developments. Since the recession and slow-down in house building, the number of affordable homes built in the district has also slowed. That said, last year 52 new affordable homes were provided locally.

“The survey highlighted by Shelter, which suggests 581 new affordable homes need to be built locally each year, is unfortunately unrealistic. This is because across the district far less than 581 new homes of all types will be built every year between now and 2026, in line with our current housing targets. To suggest all these should be affordable homes, such as starter units and apartments, would be unfair to other members of the community who need different types of new homes locally, such as family homes or sheltered accommodation.

“We recognise many more affordable homes are needed, and over the coming years we are working towards ensuring, on all new sizeable developments, that up to 40 percent of new homes are affordable. The council is also working with local partners and local private landlords to try and prevent homelessness, and also to make sure that even if people can’t get on the housing ladder, they can find good quality rented accommodation.”

Other figures highlighted by the website show that buyers wanting to afford an average price home in Lichfield would need to earn £45,885 a year.

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1 Comment

  1. Foxy

    24th March, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Unrealistic is planning to only build a tenth of the required housing.