Housing sums don’t add up for Wiltshire

Wiltshire needs 7,000 more homes than the council is planning to allow, according to a government-appointed inspector.

Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy, which sets out aims for the county over the next 12 years, was submitted this summer and called for 37,000 new homes to be built.

However, in a letter sent to the council as part of a review of the strategy, planning inspector Andrew Seaman has claimed this will fall short of what is needed. In it, he said: “Rates of migration undoubtedly influence levels of housing need and I have had regard to the council’s balancing housing markets model.

“However, a housing figure as low as 37,000 homes over the plan period does not appear justified. My current interpretation of the evidence leads me to find that the objectively assessed housing need across the three Wiltshire HMAs (Housing Market Areas) would be in the region of 44,000 homes for the plan period.”

The council’s strategy included proposals for the number of homes required in each of the towns in the county. It suggested 6,000 for Trow-bridge, 670 for Bradford on Avon and the surrounding villages, 2,040 for the Melksham area, 1,850 for Warminster and 1,390 for Westbury.

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning said the council would consider the inspector’s comments.

He said: “This is the latest step in the process which will lead to the adoption of a plan that outlines where jobs and homes can be located to ensure Wiltshire’s communities can grow in an appropriate and managed way.

“The inspector has highlighted some areas where we need to provide more information. One of these areas is our housing allocation figures, which he believes needs to be higher.

“We will look into this and provide more information. As we have done throughout this process, we will keep people updated via our website.”

See the inspector’s letter at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wiltshirecorestrategyexamination

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9:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Room101 says...

Remember to have more facilities in these towns before building more houses.
Remember to have more facilities in these towns before building more houses. Room101

9:18pm Thu 12 Dec 13

melkshamwizard says...

never mind immigrants look after our own first,we keep being told immigration is under control pull the other one
never mind immigrants look after our own first,we keep being told immigration is under control pull the other one melkshamwizard

9:30pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Room101 says...

Is it immigration or migration. Nobody seems to get it right. One time it's one then it's the other.
Is it immigration or migration. Nobody seems to get it right. One time it's one then it's the other. Room101

10:09pm Thu 12 Dec 13

carer 123 says...

melkshamwizard wrote:
never mind immigrants look after our own first,we keep being told immigration is under control pull the other one
Agree with you there. Ive been on housing list since 2005 and getting nowhere. Kids leave school, fall pregnant n get a house , people come into the area and get the houses that are available .and still i and people like me are still on the waiting list . Over 8 years and still waiting .. whats so hard in wanting to live in the town you were born n grew up in the same as your parents ???
[quote][p][bold]melkshamwizard[/bold] wrote: never mind immigrants look after our own first,we keep being told immigration is under control pull the other one[/p][/quote]Agree with you there. Ive been on housing list since 2005 and getting nowhere. Kids leave school, fall pregnant n get a house , people come into the area and get the houses that are available .and still i and people like me are still on the waiting list . Over 8 years and still waiting .. whats so hard in wanting to live in the town you were born n grew up in the same as your parents ??? carer 123

9:38am Fri 13 Dec 13

brasstacks says...

I feel really sorry for anyone who is still waiting on the Wilts Housing Register.

Wilts Council have been building some houses but the majority of them are "Affordable Homes" which you have to be able to get a mortgage for..

What they have NOT been building are Social Housing
for Rent only Homes and whilst some people may be able to get a mortgage, the deposit alone etc is impossible for many who have been on the Wilts Housing register for ages and whose wages do not meet eligibility..

Wilts Council HAVE made themselves a nice little earner out of the Affordable Homes Developments they "proudly declare" they are building 'in conjunction with Developers" and it must be remembered that only approx 25% of these are for Rent only !!..

Once again, Ms Scott and her Politically vested Team are diversifying and disposing of Tax Payers Money via the Grants that Mr Cameron gives them for what HE thinks are Homes to fill the Housing shortage in Wiltshire !!....

Wilts Council have taken until September 2013 just to sit down and "come up with" a revised Allocation Policy !!..

It is no good them talking about revising this Policy if all that is advertised on Homes 4 Wiltshire are blinkin "Shared Ownership" properties....if you go onto the Homes 4 Wiltshire Web Site, you can see just how FEW Social Housing to Rent Homes there are advertised..

What Wiltshire badly needs is for the Housing Associations in the County to spend their Profits on building New Homes for Social Housing Renting..

Far too many Housing Associations are getting on the same "band wagon" as Wilts Council and using Government Grants to Fund twhat ARE Real Estate (like a glorified Estate Agent ...) Ventures..

If Housing Associations built Social Homes they would not be a burden to the Tax Payer because the cost of building them, the H/A's get back from the Rents..

I actually do not think that Central Government know exactly what "Affordable Homes" are !!....

Perhaps Wilts Council could consider telling the truth about what they spend their Housing Grants on because it sure as hec isn't on filling the Housing Shortage in our County..

Please Sign the "38 degrees Petition" challenging Jane Scott's 'pay rise to herself" and the appalling way she is administering Wilts Council ?

2 thirds of an Iceberg is below the ocean and we only get about 1 third of the correct info from Ms Scott about just how much dosh our County gets awarded in Budgets !!

Ms Scott, Ring Fencing is what it "says on the tin" so perhaps try spending Budgets on the Services for the Residents of Wiltshire that they were awarded for ?

Being on the Wilts Housing Register is like a Lottery and the sooner that it is made fairer for everyone Registered, the better.

Too much "picking and choosing of who gets the Bid" HAS to stop..

Family Homes are urgently needed as well as Sheltered Homes for the Elderly and Disabled..

I wonder what is going to happen to Westbury Hospital or.. is Ms Scott now taking on an extra Role in Clinical Commissioning so she can do "site visits" for Developers who want to buy the Hospital Site ??
I feel really sorry for anyone who is still waiting on the Wilts Housing Register. Wilts Council have been building some houses but the majority of them are "Affordable Homes" which you have to be able to get a mortgage for.. What they have NOT been building are Social Housing for Rent only Homes and whilst some people may be able to get a mortgage, the deposit alone etc is impossible for many who have been on the Wilts Housing register for ages and whose wages do not meet eligibility.. Wilts Council HAVE made themselves a nice little earner out of the Affordable Homes Developments they "proudly declare" they are building 'in conjunction with Developers" and it must be remembered that only approx 25% of these are for Rent only !!.. Once again, Ms Scott and her Politically vested Team are diversifying and disposing of Tax Payers Money via the Grants that Mr Cameron gives them for what HE thinks are Homes to fill the Housing shortage in Wiltshire !!.... Wilts Council have taken until September 2013 just to sit down and "come up with" a revised Allocation Policy !!.. It is no good them talking about revising this Policy if all that is advertised on Homes 4 Wiltshire are blinkin "Shared Ownership" properties....if you go onto the Homes 4 Wiltshire Web Site, you can see just how FEW Social Housing to Rent Homes there are advertised.. What Wiltshire badly needs is for the Housing Associations in the County to spend their Profits on building New Homes for Social Housing Renting.. Far too many Housing Associations are getting on the same "band wagon" as Wilts Council and using Government Grants to Fund twhat ARE Real Estate (like a glorified Estate Agent ...) Ventures.. If Housing Associations built Social Homes they would not be a burden to the Tax Payer because the cost of building them, the H/A's get back from the Rents.. I actually do not think that Central Government know exactly what "Affordable Homes" are !!.... Perhaps Wilts Council could consider telling the truth about what they spend their Housing Grants on because it sure as hec isn't on filling the Housing Shortage in our County.. Please Sign the "38 degrees Petition" challenging Jane Scott's 'pay rise to herself" and the appalling way she is administering Wilts Council ? 2 thirds of an Iceberg is below the ocean and we only get about 1 third of the correct info from Ms Scott about just how much dosh our County gets awarded in Budgets !! Ms Scott, Ring Fencing is what it "says on the tin" so perhaps try spending Budgets on the Services for the Residents of Wiltshire that they were awarded for ? Being on the Wilts Housing Register is like a Lottery and the sooner that it is made fairer for everyone Registered, the better. Too much "picking and choosing of who gets the Bid" HAS to stop.. Family Homes are urgently needed as well as Sheltered Homes for the Elderly and Disabled.. I wonder what is going to happen to Westbury Hospital or.. is Ms Scott now taking on an extra Role in Clinical Commissioning so she can do "site visits" for Developers who want to buy the Hospital Site ?? brasstacks

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