Affordable housing quota not being met

Wichelstowe, one of Swindon's biggest housing projects in recent years

Wichelstowe, one of Swindon's biggest housing projects in recent years

First published in News

MANY of the new housing developments in the town are failing to meet the quota for the expected number of affordable homes.

A study by the BBC revealed that of the 29 housing projects requiring affordable homes, only 11 of them were able to meet the council’s target number for properties that are affordable to the average household.

There are concerns this could lead to people struggling to get on the housing market, a problem compounded with the predicted increase in rents.

Any development of more than 15 homes is required to include a portion of affordable homes which has been set at a rate of 30 per cent in Swindon. Up until 2008 this was not a problem and routinely achieved.

But following the economic downturn this became increasingly difficult for major developers to reach this target.

Council leader David Renard (Con, Haydon Wick) said: “Increasingly we are finding developers come forward to say that they can build a housing development but not with the number of affordable homes.

“This presents us with a dilemma. We have to consider whether we let the development go ahead and increase the number of houses with a few affordable homes or whether to reject it and have nothing at all.”

With an increasing number of developers asking to avoid the target, the council is operating an Open Book policy whereby they examine the finances of a development to ensure what they say is the case.

Coun Renard said: “It is important that we check what they claim is in fact the case and make a decision from that. This is what happened with the Nova Hreod development when we accepted a 15 per cent level of affordable homes.

“Either way it does leave us with a difficult decision.”

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3:54pm Wed 5 Feb 14

trolley dolley says...

Do they mean AFFORDABLE or do they mean CHEAP !!
Do they mean AFFORDABLE or do they mean CHEAP !! trolley dolley
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5:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

John~R says...

What is the problem? Lack of demand for whatever the developer can build for the price that is deemed "affordable or is it a more profitable use of the land to build something further up the housing ladder. Overall, there's a lot more cost to building a home than there first appears. Some of the developers paid a silly price for the land during the last housing boom plus there's the money they have to pay to SBC. Then add on the ever-increasing costs of building homes to the increasingly "green" regulations.
What is the problem? Lack of demand for whatever the developer can build for the price that is deemed "affordable or is it a more profitable use of the land to build something further up the housing ladder. Overall, there's a lot more cost to building a home than there first appears. Some of the developers paid a silly price for the land during the last housing boom plus there's the money they have to pay to SBC. Then add on the ever-increasing costs of building homes to the increasingly "green" regulations. John~R
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7:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

We need to stop all this subsidised special deal housing for 2 reasons. Firstly is is grossly unfair that those who work hard and save have to pay full price but those who dont get some sort of special treatment and I am sorry, having kids you cant afford is no excuse.
Secondly by having all these schemes it keeps the prices artificially high and defeats the whole object. The govt should stay out of housing and let the market find its own level like everything else. What's next affordable cars for those on low incomes??? If you want something go and earn it.
We need to stop all this subsidised special deal housing for 2 reasons. Firstly is is grossly unfair that those who work hard and save have to pay full price but those who dont get some sort of special treatment and I am sorry, having kids you cant afford is no excuse. Secondly by having all these schemes it keeps the prices artificially high and defeats the whole object. The govt should stay out of housing and let the market find its own level like everything else. What's next affordable cars for those on low incomes??? If you want something go and earn it. house on the hill
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8:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
We need to stop all this subsidised special deal housing for 2 reasons. Firstly is is grossly unfair that those who work hard and save have to pay full price but those who dont get some sort of special treatment and I am sorry, having kids you cant afford is no excuse.
Secondly by having all these schemes it keeps the prices artificially high and defeats the whole object. The govt should stay out of housing and let the market find its own level like everything else. What's next affordable cars for those on low incomes??? If you want something go and earn it.
Good idea, I'd like an affordable Ferrari please ;-)
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: We need to stop all this subsidised special deal housing for 2 reasons. Firstly is is grossly unfair that those who work hard and save have to pay full price but those who dont get some sort of special treatment and I am sorry, having kids you cant afford is no excuse. Secondly by having all these schemes it keeps the prices artificially high and defeats the whole object. The govt should stay out of housing and let the market find its own level like everything else. What's next affordable cars for those on low incomes??? If you want something go and earn it.[/p][/quote]Good idea, I'd like an affordable Ferrari please ;-) The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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2:30pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Friend of the People says...

If we really apply the line that comes from The House on the Hill, then the government should cut all housing benefit and we will have shantytowns outside of Swindon.

The real gainers from the growing housing crisis are the "buy to let" boys and girls. These profiteer by jacking up rents knowing that people have to pay as there is little affordable housing. At the same time they are sitting on a capital gain as the selling price of their property increases because of the housing shortage.

If people want to really understand how the current economic system works - and who are the real winners and losers - they need to have a careful analytical look at the housing market - in all its forms, including wealthy foreigners buying up London property with no aim of ever occupying it.
If we really apply the line that comes from The House on the Hill, then the government should cut all housing benefit and we will have shantytowns outside of Swindon. The real gainers from the growing housing crisis are the "buy to let" boys and girls. These profiteer by jacking up rents knowing that people have to pay as there is little affordable housing. At the same time they are sitting on a capital gain as the selling price of their property increases because of the housing shortage. If people want to really understand how the current economic system works - and who are the real winners and losers - they need to have a careful analytical look at the housing market - in all its forms, including wealthy foreigners buying up London property with no aim of ever occupying it. Friend of the People
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