Study reveals more housing is required

HUNDREDS of new affordable homes are needed in the county, results of a residents’ survey has revealed.

The questionnaire took place between January and February last year and saw more than 19,000 residents throughout Northumberland taking part.

Secondary data such as house price information, private rent levels and housing supply and availability were also used.

The outcomes show that Northumberland needs a minimum of 242 new affordable homes every year for the next ten years to tackle housing need.

It is proposed that this will be a mixture of social rented properties and intermediate housing, such as shared ownership.

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for housing, said: “The information contained within the report has strengthened the council’s understanding of the nature and influence of the housing market and sub-markets across the county.

“The survey will provide council staff and other stakeholders with valuable insight into the housing needs and demands across Northumberland.”

Local authorities are required to have up to date robust surveys to assist them in developing housing and planning policies and strategies and to help in discussions with developers on levels of affordable housing to help those most in need.