More affordable homes are to be made available to Herefordshire people thanks to Housing Associations in Herefordshire being awarded approximately £2.5 million to develop a further 143 affordable homes across the county.
The award comes from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Housing Programme which is supported by Herefordshire Council, and is to cover the next four years (2015–2018). Herefordshire Council’s housing team worked in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency to make sure that background material and evidence was provided to support the bids.
The grant will be distributed to Housing Associations to help them build new homes. It will add to the 450 affordable homes currently being developed in the county without grant funding, bringing the total to nearly 600 new homes across the county.
Affordable housing offers lower rents to households who cannot afford to have their housing needs met by the open market. Anyone who needs affordable housing can check to see if they are eligible and register with Home Point Herefordshire (01432 260300).
Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is great news for the county. Herefordshire is a growing economy and the demand for housing continues to grow. Getting on the housing ladder is extremely difficult for first time home occupiers, so providing as much affordable housing as we can is vital.”
The new developments will be dispersed throughout Herefordshire with a mixture of rural and urban development. It is hoped that, subject to planning approvals, development will begin in April 2015.