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County has shortfall of 151 homes.

THERE is currently an average shortfall of 151 affordable homes each year in Northumberland, according to the county council's latest assessment.

The Northumberland Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), which was updated in June this year, provides detailed market analysis of housing needs.

It provides up-to-date evidence of affordable housing need in the county and identifies an annual net shortfall of 151 dwellings per year from 2017 to 2022.

As at the end of December last year, there were 1,116 outstanding commitments for affordable homes anticipated for completion over the next five years against a need for 1,870 affordable homes overall, meaning a residual need for 755 additional affordable homes - an annual average of 151 over the next five years.

However, more positive is the outcome of the council's housing strategy, which is due to be updated shortly.

The strategy for 2013 to 2018 aimed to deliver an additional 1,300 new affordable homes and during that period, there have been 1,405 affordable housing completions.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2018
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