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Winchester could face massive housing shortfall by 2017
WINCHESTER faces a massive shortfall in housing over the next four years with thousands more homes needed to satisfy demand, according to a report.
Planning consultants Turley Associates claimed Winchester will need 1,227 homes from 2013-2017 and has the biggest shortfall in Hampshire.
But city council planners have disputed the figures – and say its planning blueprint will meet the needs of the district.
Hampshire needs 12,486 homes in total over the next four years, according to Turley Associates, but Winchester housing experts said house prices and the cost of living is a real problem for local families.
Fiona Rescorle, advice services manager for Winchester District CAB, said: “Finding affordable housing in Winchester is always difficult. People are very restricted by the costs of living here.
“Private sector housing for rent is expensive but social housing is limited and there will always be more demand than supply.”
Under the Winchester District Local Plan, 12,500 new homes can be built by 2031, including major greenfield developments at Barton Farm, West of Waterlooville and Whiteley.
City council Cabinet member for housing Cllr Tony Coates, said: “The plan we have got until 2031 meets the needs of this district, and there is no need to provide additional homes.
“I think the situation is that the economy is improving, house building is increasing and we will see over the next five to ten years that there will be a catch-up in Winchester district that will deliver housing.”
Steve Opacic, head of strategic planning for WCC, added: “They’ve basically taken the county-wide requirement and they’ve back-dated it. We would take issue with the way they’ve calculated that.
“We have got more than adequate land to comply with demand that that will improve as the three large developments, Barton Farm, West of Waterlooville and North Whiteley, come on stream.”
The report is part of a south east wide study on housing needs which estimates 208,000 new homes are needed in the region between 2013 and 2017 and a shortfall of 44,394 homes.
Second only to West Sussex, Hampshire tops the list of the region’s eight counties. The report has been compiled from information provided by councils across the region, using their five-year demand and targets for housing from 2013 to 2017.
Ryan Johnson, director of Turley’s, said: “The need for housing in the south east remains high. “Home ownership is increasingly becoming beyond the reach of many lower-income households, which will undoubtedly impact on the ability of existing and future generations to live and work in the areas they were born. The impact of this on the pace of economic recovery across the region will no doubt continue to be keenly debated.”
Turley Associates were planning consultants promoting Pitt Manor, the controversial 200-home development that was granted outline planning permission in 2012.
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