Key in the door. Pic: Alan Cleaver
New figures have revealed that almost 1,300 people have applied for social housing in Lichfield and Burntwood during 2014/15 – but just 265 properties were let during the same period. A report to Lichfield District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee for housing and health also showed that 22% of the 1,293 applicants had been on the list for more than a year. But 6% had been waiting for more than two years. The council admitted there was high interest in social housing properties in the Lichfield and Burntwood area. The report said: “Two bedroom houses received the highest number of bids on average (54), followed by one bed flats (47 bids) and three bed houses (37 bids), which demonstrates a healthy demand for these type of units. “Nearly half (48%) of lettings were two bedroomed properties, 35% were one bed and only 17% were three bed, demonstrating a low turnover of three bed family homes.” The housing register is managed by Bromford on behalf of Lichfield District Council and saw a high number of applications from younger people – with more than half of those applying aged under 34. The figures also reveal that 96% per cent of the 265 social housing properties let during the 2014/15 period went to people with a local connection. UK citizens accounted for 1,230 of those who applied with other  applicants coming from:
  • Poland (40)
  • Latvia (8)
  • Lithuania (4)
  • Bulgaria (3)
  • Other (8)
The report will be discussed by the committee on Wednesday (June 3).

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.