68% still can't afford a house; And that's even after prices fall by pounds 10,000.Byline: STEVE BAGNALL
MORE than two thirds of home hunters in Wrexham still can't afford to buy a basic terraced house.
Even though average prices have fallen by pounds 10,000 in the county, 68% still can't get their foot on the housing ladder, according to according to
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There are worries the social and private rented market is coming under increasing pressure as the credit crunch Credit Crunch
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Wrexham Council chiefs are so concerned they want to launch a new housing policy to increase the number of affordable homes in coming years.
Council leader Aled Roberts said: "There are young families being priced out of the market and we will try to deal with this issue." The executive board will next week look at proposals to have building developers ensure 50% of homes built on new developments with more than 10 units are affordable.
If there are fewer than 10 units, council officials want a third to be affordable - which is defined as a property three and a half times a couple's pay and nine times a sole wage earner's.
But housing chiefs know a balance needs to be struck between developers' interests and people's needs.
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"We've received pounds 1.8m from the Assembly's strategic capital investment fund, but that's only enough for 17 units." Mr Lewis said housing developments have come to a halt and believes it could be two years before it gets going again. He said: "What we have to do is strike a balance between making the area attractive for developers and have affordable units." Wrexham's council house stock has diminished in recent years as more people have bought them as homes.
The student population has also grown, placing demands on the rented sector.
And recently it emerged the Hightown block of flats with 181 units is under threat of demolition which will increase pressure on housing.
The council wants to update its local development plan to help people struggling to get on the property ladder This article is about the real-estate term. For the reality television show, see Property Ladder (TV series).
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Previously, the aim was to build 6,000 new homes by 2021, with 900 designated affordable. They want that to be increased to 2,205 by 2021.
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