Chronic shortage of affordable homes in Basingstoke and Deane

BASINGSTOKE and Deane is faced with a chronic shortage of affordable homes after new figures revealed that the number being built each year has crashed to 10 per cent of the annual target.

Only 31 affordable homes are predicted to be built in the 2012-13 financial year – far short of the council’s target of 300. And figures from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council estimate that only 113 affordable homes will be built yearly until April 2015.

An affordable home is priced below what it would fetch on the private housing market, and is subsidised by Government.

The new figures come as the number of people on the borough’s housing register has risen by 21 per cent to 6,614 since March 2011.

At a borough council housing and environment overview and scrutiny committee, councillors reaffirmed that 40 per cent of new homes should be “affordable” – and they set a target of 300 affordable homes to be built annually.

Labour group leader Councillor Laura James described the crash in the number of affordable homes being built as “a disgrace”.

Speaking to The Gazette, she said: “If the Cabinet agree to 300 a year, it is utterly divorced again from reality because there have only been 31 affordable home completions this year so far. That is a disgraceful state of affairs and shows how the council have lost all control on this policy.”

But Cllr Rob Golding, the borough’s Cabinet member for housing and regeneration, said the 2008 housing market crash is to blame for the building downturn.

“No-one should be in any doubt that this is an extremely difficult time for housing policy,” said Cllr Golding. “Building houses is a long-term thing. We have to work to bring in more affordable homes in the future. A number of sites we thought were being built are now not coming forward.

“There is also a lot less Government money going into affordable housing, but there are ways we are addressing that, using our money and land. It is not something we have done in the past because we didn’t have to.

“We are looking at a lot of fronts to do something. The aim is to continue not to have homeless people in the borough.”

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4:42pm Tue 11 Dec 12

The _right_stuff says...

Would like to know which 'sites we thought were being built are now not coming forward' ?
Would like to know which 'sites we thought were being built are now not coming forward' ? The _right_stuff

10:22pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Sensory says...

How can we possibly sort this problem of a housing shortage?

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I'm wracking my brains but cannot even think how to even begin.

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Maybe our kind Gazette readers may be able to help...

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...or if not, perhaps our esteemed Member of Parliament. She may be our only hope.

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Oh dear. Looks like we can't have any affordable, or even unaffordable homes anymore. It's a shame really, because a home is really quite important.
How can we possibly sort this problem of a housing shortage? http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /10069313.Campaign_t o_save_Oakridge_play ing_field_from_190_n ew_homes/ I'm wracking my brains but cannot even think how to even begin. http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /local/10011612.Camp aigners_save_The_Mol e_Inn_from_turning_i nto_home/ Maybe our kind Gazette readers may be able to help... http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /local/10000787.Vict ory_for_allotments_c ampaigners/ ...or if not, perhaps our esteemed Member of Parliament. She may be our only hope. http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /local/9962727.MP_Ma ria_Miller_urges_hou sing_chiefs_to_cut_t he_number_of_new_hom es/ Oh dear. Looks like we can't have any affordable, or even unaffordable homes anymore. It's a shame really, because a home is really quite important. Sensory

12:25pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Upontheroof says...

The problem isn't there aren't enough "affordable homes". The problem is there are too many people wanting "affordable homes" Besides the fact that they build properties and people make homes.

The next statements issued will be that the LA are proposing to build on green land as they are no places suitable.

If the LA built more homes when they get sold on the right to buy scheme the "problem" would be diluted.

The public have no faith nor trust in Councillors as they do not accuratley represent the people they are supposed to.

I blame the G'ment and then they have the nerve to thow it back to the people they're supposed to represent by declaring another issue and make people feel they have to act.

Shambles and corruption are two words that spring to mind!
The problem isn't there aren't enough "affordable homes". The problem is there are too many people wanting "affordable homes" Besides the fact that they build properties and people make homes. The next statements issued will be that the LA are proposing to build on green land as they are no places suitable. If the LA built more homes when they get sold on the right to buy scheme the "problem" would be diluted. The public have no faith nor trust in Councillors as they do not accuratley represent the people they are supposed to. I blame the G'ment and then they have the nerve to thow it back to the people they're supposed to represent by declaring another issue and make people feel they have to act. Shambles and corruption are two words that spring to mind! Upontheroof

8:26am Thu 13 Dec 12

willerby caravans says...

The problem is that we have invited too many people in to The UK without any real Border control.
In 2014 when Romania and Bulgaria get free and open borders to UK then watch the housing dry up totally.
The UK is the place to live and work as we have the great benefit system and the nhs and schools. The problem is we don't have enough infrstructure to accomodate all the other people. After all if you only had a 3 bed house would you invite 20 relatives to stay?
We should control immigration the way they do in Austraila. nothing sinister in that. The problem is as soon as you mention immigration the loony lefties brand you rascist. Rotherham has shown though who the real ones are.
The problem is that we have invited too many people in to The UK without any real Border control. In 2014 when Romania and Bulgaria get free and open borders to UK then watch the housing dry up totally. The UK is the place to live and work as we have the great benefit system and the nhs and schools. The problem is we don't have enough infrstructure to accomodate all the other people. After all if you only had a 3 bed house would you invite 20 relatives to stay? We should control immigration the way they do in Austraila. nothing sinister in that. The problem is as soon as you mention immigration the loony lefties brand you rascist. Rotherham has shown though who the real ones are. willerby caravans

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