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News - 8 January 2005

Council canvases opinion about housing needs

Questionnaires are being sent to 14,000 households in Brighton & Hove during the week beginning January 11. The aim is to find out more about people's housing needs and aspirations to inform the development of new homes - in particular low-cost affordable housing.

A sample of homes across the city have been selected to take part in the Housing Needs Survey and the council is urging all those who receive a questionnaire to complete and return it by February 1.

The information will be vital in helping to influence housing and planning policies and ensure investment in affordable housing matches local needs as closely as possible.

Local authorities are required to carry out regular surveys of housing needs by the Government and the city council will be working in partnership with five other councils in Sussex.

Councillor Jack Hazelgrove, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council's Housing Committee, said, "The high cost of housing in the city is making it increasingly difficult for local people to get a step on the property ladder. This Housing Needs Survey will provide the council with comprehensive information on the city's housing needs and aspirations. It will help the council identify shortfalls in different types and sizes of accommodation in the city and allow the council to plan appropriately for the city's future."

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