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Councils must prove they’ve considered affordable housing, reports claim

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Councils must prove they’ve considered affordable housing, reports claim
Local councils could soon be forced to prove they have considered affordablity when planning new housing, according to reports.

In an article published in The Sun newspaper it is claimed communities Secretary Sajid Javid will soon unveil new rules forcing councils to take into account affordability, regardless of the area.

It adds: “Every authority will have to calculate how easy it is for young workers to get on the housing ladder by working out their local salary-to-house price ratio.”

The move has been welcomed by consumer groups.

Paula Higgins, chief executive of campaign group Homeowners Alliance said: “Young buyers have been priced out of the housing market for far too long. It’s essential that more is done to help them get onto the property ladder. The government has a responsibility to make sure these buyers are catered for.

“Our latest homeowner survey found 80% of aspiring first time buyers are worried about the lack of available homes for them. Shockingly over 250,000 non-homeowners have given up the dream of homeownership altogether in the last year alone. This is a sad state of affairs and if councils are being encouraged to increase their provisions of affordable housing this can only be a good thing.”

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