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News - 9 April 2010

Another report highlights housing shortage

The government’s South East Regional Committee has concluded that the housing targets in the South East Plan [SEP], which inform Brighton & Hove’s Core Strategy, are inadequate to meet the region’s needs. The Economic Partnership response to the Core Strategy calls for more residential development in the city – particularly affordable housing.

The report refers to the National Housing & Planning Advice Unit [NHPAU] review published in July 2009 [see earlier story] which concluded that the SEP targets were inadequate to bridge the “substantial and continuing mismatch between supply and demand”. It also warns that failure to meet demand will result in “constraints on economic development through shortages of skilled labour, increased traffic congestion ............ over-crowding, homelessness and impacts on physical and mental health”

The current SEP target is for 32,700 p.a. homes to be built for the next 20 years across the south east region but the NHPAU has proposed a minimum of 38,000 to accommodate the projected increase in households and 53,800 if the region is to tackle its waiting lists make homes affordable to people on average incomes.

The select committee’s report raised concerns that the SEP's 35% target for new affordable homes is not being met, warning that the region risks becoming "a place where only the rich can afford to live". 

Brighton & Hove’s overall housing allocation in the SEP is 11,000 homes in total over the 20 year period but under the NHPAU proposals it might increase to somewhere between 12,760 and 18,000. The City Council’s Housing Needs Survey published in 2005 concluded that the city needs 2,500 affordable homes per annum if it is to meet demand.

The NHPAU figures are supported by the Home Builders Federation which has also called for an urgent review of housing provision.

Click here to download South East England Regional Committee Report March 2010

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