Too few homes built in Lincolnshire, says federation

Experts are suggesting that there were around 2,000 fewer new homes built in Lincolnshire in 2014 than there should have been, however Lincoln performed well on housing targets.

Government figures published on Tuesday, February 24, highlighted that across the East Midlands 11,730 new homes were built, a shortfall of 8,770

Analysis by the National Housing Federation predicts that Lincolnshire needs 4,021 every year plus 190 social homes.

Of Lincolnshire’s 4,021 new homes need for 2014, 2,050 homes were built – a shortfall of 1,971.

In Lincoln 20 more new homes were built than the federation’s predicted target of 130. The city also met social housing needs, with four more than predicted.

The biggest shortfall noted in the area’s listed was in South Kesteven, where 184 fewer homes were built than the predicted need.

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Data: National Housing Federation

The figures, based on census data projections, were highlighted by the federation who said lack of supply is pricing many people out of renting or owning a house in their area.

House building in England is below the 125,000 target for the sixth year in a row.

David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “The alarm bells sounded long ago, and yet nothing seems to have changed.

“For the sixth year a row, new home building is at rock bottom. The public are now thoroughly aware that this country is facing a housing crisis on an unprecedented scale and despite a spate of short-term initiatives there is no grand plan.

“Unless we act now and get building more housing of all types, but particularly genuinely affordable housing, we are in danger of making today’s housing crisis our children’s problem. That’s why we’re asking that politicians get their heads out the sand and commit to a long-term plan to ending the housing crisis within a generation.”