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Green Party calls for more social housing in West Berkshire

“Average house prices are nearly 10 times average income, which makes buying a property unaffordable for many people."

Dan Cooper

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Green Party co-leader in Newbury today

WEST Berkshire Green Party is calling for an additional 1,000 new homes for social rent to be provided in the district over the next five years.

The party made its comments as part of West Berkshire Council’s new housing strategy, which is currently out for consultation.

The strategy identified that in August 2019 there were 2,300 West Berkshire households in need of social housing.

The Green Party believes only a substantial investment by the council will help many of the district’s families find suitable accommodation.

Carolyne Culver, Green group leader on West Berkshire Council, said: ‘The Government has opened up the opportunity for councils to build new social housing and have reduced funding costs for this.

“Many councils are constructing imaginative new social housing developments and we want West Berkshire to step up and grasp that opportunity.’

The Green Party says: “Average house prices in West Berkshire are nearly 10 times average income, which makes buying a property unaffordable for many people.

“However, the district has less social housing than average, and private rents have risen by more than 20 per cent in the last five years.

“The Green Party believes that providing high-quality homes for social rent is crucial to ensure families can find the homes they need at prices they can afford.”

The party also wants all new homes to meet much higher environmental standards, with low carbon construction and energy efficiency built in.

It adds that any new development should be properly integrated to the public transport network and support walking and cycling as alternatives to car-use.

Residents who wish to participate in the council’s draft housing strategy consultation, which can be found at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/consultations, have just a few more days to have their say.

Comments must be submitted before the consultation closes on Sunday.

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  • From Luddite Lodge

    02/11/2020 - 08:29

    Council more interested in property developing than social housing. Luxury flats on the football ground are of more importance. DLG doesn't give a damn about anybody who isn't middle class so no support there

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  • Newbury boy

    31/10/2020 - 10:37

    You have to have lived in the district for 2 years plus to qualify for social housing. We need many more homes for social rent. Its the only way many young families can ever get suitable houses at reasonable rents. Sovereign are asking £1000 per month for a 2 bed apartment!

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  • brunin the bear

    31/10/2020 - 10:18

    I agree BUT ONLY IF LONG TERM RESIDENTS OF NEWBURY ARE GIVEN PRIORITY. Watch the new social housing go to people being shipped out of London/ Slough etc...

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