Over £26m of government cash is being spent increasing the supply of affordable housing in Brighton & Hove. The money was provided as a grant covering the 2004/5 and 2005/6 financial years, subsidising the cost of home building.
A report to the council housing committee says a £2m council investment had helped lever in the large sums of funding via the Housing Corporation and housing associations.
A total of 286 affordable homes were completed in the year to last April. A further 439 have funding and are currently being developed. The total built includes 139 homes for general use and 37 for people with special needs. Around 60 were aimed at key workers. Some 96 per cent of homes were built on brownfield or infill sites.
Council planning policies are playing a key role in releasing land for affordable homes. High land prices mean that housing associations cannot compete with private developers. As a result the council has a target that private developers include 40% affordable housing in schemes of more than 10 units. As a direct result of the policy 104 units of affordable housing were built in the last year.
A new Key Worker Living Scheme enabled 29 people to enter home ownership. The three-year programme is aimed at nurses, social workers, teachers, probation officers, educational psychologists and Lewes prison staff. A further 45 workers have been accepted onto the scheme.
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