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News - 17 September 2005

Brighton & Hove recognised for affordable housing provision

The 2005 Housing Needs Survey has shown that Brighton & Hove provides the highest rate of affordable housing in the South East. The survey is one of the first of its kind to be commissioned in partnership with five other local authorities, namely, Eastbourne, Lewes District, Wealden, Hastings and Rother.

The Government is now asking all regions to work together in this way as it provides useful comparisons, giving a fuller picture of regional housing markets.

Don Turner, Chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Housing Committee said, “We are doing our best as a city council to tackle our acute housing problems, which stem from inflated property prices, over-crowding and lack of available land. I am especially pleased to see that the survey’s findings bear out the fact that we work hard as a city council to meet the needs of local people.”

Information for the survey has been gathered from a questionnaire sent out to over 14,000 randomly selected households in Brighton & Hove, along with feedback from in-depth group seminars targeting older people, young people and BME people throughout East Sussex.

The majority (81%) of those responding to the survey agreed that the standard of their accommodation was suitable for their needs, however, the survey revealed that more than 10,000 households were considering leaving the city within the next three years because there is still not enough affordable housing to cope with the growing need, as demand increases for accommodation in Brighton& Hove.

The situation is further exacerbated by the national trend of an increasing older population. By 2026 it is estimated that there will be 5,500 more people living in Brighton & Hove over the age of 80. Sheltered and Extra Care housing will need further investment in the coming years to meet increased demand.

“Overall, we are pleased to see that we are on the right track with our housing strategy”, added Don Turner, “ but after allowing for the planned building of new affordable homes, and Extra Care and sheltered housing schemes, there is still going to be a substantial shortfall.

What we need to do now is look more closely at the information we have before us and understand the implications for our city’s continued economic prosperity. Brighton & Hove is a burgeoning commercial, educational, tourist and cultural centre with a large transient population and diverse housing needs.

This survey will help us to continue our success as a council that works to match the needs of residents to all forms of housing in the city”

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