Less Affordable Housing

The National Housing Federation has informed about the possible drop in the number of affordable houses being built in 2010 as a result of changes to the planning systems and future funding cuts.

In addition, the Federation warned that not more than 20,390 social homes could be built over the course of 2010, which is the lowest annual number of affordable homes built since 1990/91.

The Federation has asked Housing Minister Grant Shapps to impel the Government to increase spending on new housing schemes and stop the changes to the planning system, which would be an insurmountable barrier to getting new homes built.

Shapps recently informed that about 150 housing projects are in jeopardy because of a £610m funding gap.

Moreover, the Government has decided to take £100m from the National Affordable Housing Programme, which was supposed to get 59,000 new social homes beilt this year.

As a result of such a removal of funding, the plans for 1453 social homes will be nullified.

David Orr, CEO of the National Housing Federation, expressed an opinion that  if the Government doesn’t take necessary measures to change some of the policies recently declared, the total number of affordable homes built in the nearest future  is likely to decrease.
 


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