Monday, 20 October 2014

Committee calls for Welsh house building target

A Welsh Government committee has called for an affordable housing target for the country.

The cross-party Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s report on the provision of affordable housing in Wales recommended finding more public land for homes and an evaluation of the national housing strategy, as well as an overall house building target for Wales.

The Welsh Government will publish a white paper on housing next month, in anticipation of a Housing Bill later in the assembly term.

Community Housing Cymru, which represents landlords across Wales, has said 8,000 homes are needed by 2015 to meet demand.

‘The sector has produced around 2,000 new additional houses this year but we will be falling off a cliff unless we can sustain investment over the next three years,’ Nick Bennett, chief executive of CHC, said.

‘The recommendation by the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee now gives political parties the opportunity to set a target to focus minds and resources and for CHC members to work in partnership to deliver at least 8,000 new affordable homes by 2015 – but to do that we need a new target and additional resources going forward.’

The committee also recommended more work on empty homes and that the Welsh Government should set up a mortgage indemnity scheme.

More than 50 people and organisations gave written evidence or appeared before the committee, including housing charities, mortgage lenders and house builders.

Ann Jones, chair of the committee, said: ‘The committee recognises that the Welsh Government intends to address some of our concerns in the forthcoming Housing Bill which will be put forward during this assembly.’

Readers' comments (5)

  • The homes for Welsh people are at the bottom of the pile, on the top are fish and bats.

    As one official said: "If you are a bat in a designated area you have a home for life, if you are a human you take your chances"

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  • Gavin Rider

    Evan - that is because bats are considered an integral part of the natural environment, but people aren't - we destroy the natural environment to create our own (and the environments we create tend not to be particularly good for the planet or even for many of the people that occupy them).

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  • Gavin - are saying that both you and I fit into that category? Are you telling me that God made a grave error in creating us?

    What do you propose we do about it? Compulsory birth control and euthanasia?

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  • No money to be made for you out of bats and fish eh Evan?!

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  • Oh yes, fish are OK, ours is over 15 years old and I like bats because they eat lots of the bugs that spread diseases. A neighbour who is a community councillor farmer's son managed to build a big extension without having a bat survey done, don't see so many these days. It would appear bats aren't as important as people in some cases, it all depends on the whims of the planners.

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