Herefordshire Council is on track to deliver twice the number of new affordable homes it had pledged to provide this year.
In a challenging economic climate, the council said it would deliver 70 additional homes during 2012/13. Working in partnership with housing associations and developers, 38 homes were created at Highmore Street and Roman Road, Hereford in September bringing the total for this year so far to 93. There is also the potential for a further 53 homes to be completed in the county by March 2014.
Plans to boost the affordable housing market look set to continue with approximately 2000 new homes in the pipeline over the next five years, for a mixture of general needs housing and homes for vulnerable households. A number of these are rural developments which have been funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Community-Led Development fund. For example, 12 new homes will be provided in the parishes of Mordiford and Dormington in a mixture of two and three bedroomed flats, houses and bungalows. The scheme, which is being developed by WM Housing Group, is due to be completed in 2014. Another community-led scheme is for eight homes in Lyonshall, all of which will be for local people.
The council also works with the owners of empty properties to bring them back into use. Following guidance and advice from the council, 95 empty properties have been brought back into use as homes this year.
Jane Thomas, housing manager (development), said: “As in other parts of the country, the demand for affordable housing in Herefordshire outstrips supply. We are always looking at innovative ways to meet demand by maximising the use of existing housing stock, building new homes and bringing existing empty properties back into use”.
“We work with housing associations, developers and communities to deliver new housing. Thanks to this partnership working, we have managed to exceed our targets this year, helping to meet the needs of local people who need housing assistance.”
Anyone interested in any of these schemes are invited to ring the council on 01432 260269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.