Are People Being Priced Out Of The Housing Market In Sheriff Hutton and Scagglethorpe?
7:56am 10th October 2013
People in Sheriff Hutton and Scagglethorpe are being asked if there's enough affordable housing.
Ryedale District Council say that meeting housing needs is one of their key aims and surveys such as these being undertaken in Sheriff Hutton and Scagglethorpe will play a key role in shaping housing provision in the areas.
“Ryedale District Council is committed to meeting the housing need of people living in the area, “said Councillor Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council.
“We are working hard to ensure that local people and their families can continue to live in Ryedale and need to identify areas where affordable houses could help this to happen.
“I urge people living in Sheriff Hutton and Scagglethorpe to take part in the surveys.”
Earlier this year, Derek Long, Head of the Northern Region of the National Housing Federation, highlighted concerns at the lack of affordable homes in rural areas in a report launched at the Northern Rural Housing Week.
He said: ‘Rural communities in Ryedale are under threat due to a lack of affordable housing. Families who have lived in the countryside for generations are being priced out. They need new affordable housing or they will have no choice but to move away to urban areas. Hundreds of village shops, pubs and schools are closing year on year. Social housing is a key way to keep local families in villages and ensure rural communities stay alive’.
When housing needs surveys are undertaken, say the council, it is vital that all households in housing need, respond by completing the housing needs questionnaires. They add that without this evidence of people’s needs, then affordable housing schemes which could help keep open vital community services such as shops and schools cannot be built.
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