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Affordable housing sites approved

Southampton City Council has approved the first set of council-owned sites to be transferred to affordable housing providers as part of the new Affordable Housing Framework.

This is one of the tools the council will use to ensure more affordable homes in the city as they continue to work towards the direct delivery of council homes.

The framework will allow the council to use its own land to address the need for affordable housing in Southampton and will provide the opportunity for development of social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership properties which will help people get onto the housing ladder and own a share in their home.

The first set of sites are either vacant sites, empty buildings or have an approved decommissioning plan in place meaning that delivery of the new homes can be achieved more quickly. The first set of sites will provide an estimated total of up to 300 homes.

The council anticipates that several providers will be appointed.

As of October last year, there were 7,508 households on the housing register with wait times ranging from one year and four months up to over 11 years. The council has set a target to increase the supply of affordable housing by 8,000 homes by 2040.

Councillor Lisa Mitchell, Cabinet Member for Housing and the Green Environment, said: “We know that poor quality housing has a significant impact on residents’ health and wellbeing, which is why it is so important that we provide good quality affordable housing so our residents can achieve a high-quality life and we enable people to live independently for longer by supporting their mental and physical wellbeing.

“The new affordable housing framework will accelerate the delivery of new homes and help us work towards our commitment to providing at least 8,000 affordable homes by 2040.

“We will work with affordable housing providers to build new homes and work in collaboration with partners to provide more affordable housing and build better, stronger and more resilient neighbourhoods that foster city pride”.

The specific location and site addresses for each plot will be announced soon.

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