Marc Da Silva looks at the week's news regarding affordable new homes for sale and under consideration around the UK.
Fresh figures reveal that the volume of planning applications for affordable homes has dropped by almost a third in a year. A total of 4,767 homes were approved in the 2011/12 financial year, down by 28% from 2010/11. The Scottish Labour Party has blamed the Scottish government for cutting funding as the main reason for the decline in affordable homes. However, ministers defended their record saying funding was in place to deliver the five-year target of 30,000 affordable new homes in Scotland.
Hartlepool Borough Council's planning committee has approved £1.9million plans to build 22 new affordable houses in Monmouth Grove, Throston, Hartlepool. The Vela Group in partnership with Gus Robinson Developments will construct a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses.
The Home Group has submitted a planning application to develop over 50 affordable homes in Leeds, as part of a £10million project on a former factory site on Theaker Lane, in the Armley area of the city.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has appointed developer Grainger to build and manage two housing schemes on council-owned land on Hortensia Road and Young Street. The developments will feature mixed-tenure housing, including private rental, affordable housing and private sale accommodation.
Work is expected to get underway shortly on new houses in Totnes near Follaton House, after the planned scheme received planning permission from South Hams District Council. Westward Housing Group will develop 60 new homes; 30 open-market homes and 30 affordable properties.
Sanctuary Housing Association has received council support for its plans to develop 36 properties on land just north of Carn Bosavern, adjacent to Fore Street in St Just. The scheme will go a long way towards helping to meet high demand for affordable housing in the area.