Part 2: Housing, Housing, Housing, we need more housing
Over the last week, I have been asked about housing while out and about on the Campaign trail. I have answered questions to the best of my knowledge, and with the three sets of data below; which are in interactive format, for ease of use.
If your a voter and a candidate turns up at your door, then here’s three sets of data to use to inform any questions you might have.
If you’re a candidate, time to gen up on the latest facts available as looking stupid on the doorstep doesn’t endear one to the voter.
The first interactive table below is for the parliamentary constituency you can choose the constituency. The data is taken from the Census data 2021.
A ‘household’ is defined as either one person living alone, or a group of people living at the same address and sharing both cooking facilities and a living room or dining area.
The category ‘all social landlords’ includes all households renting from a local authority or a housing association.
Private renters either rent from a landlord or another party (other than a social housing provider). ‘Other private rented’ refers to arrangements such as renting from an employer.
‘Living rent free’ refers to households living in property owned by another party without paying rent.
In shared ownership housing, the household part-owns the property and pays rent on the rest.
The second interactive table below provides data on housing supply for district-level and unitary local authorities in England.
Data is available on housing stock broken down by tenure, net supply of new housing, and supply of “affordable” housing. This data is from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and reflects data up until Oct 2022. (Totals may not sum due to rounding.)
Data is reported by location. This means that some local authority housing in a given local authority may be owned by a different local authority. Likewise, new affordable housing supplied in a local authority may occasionally be sponsored by a different local authority.
This final interactive table shows constituency-level data on house prices in England and Wales. The data comes from the ONS – House price statistics for small areas, Datasets 2, 9 and 24, and NOMIS – Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2020-2022. It also shows the latest data for neighbourhoods within each parliamentary constituency.
The house price figures used are the median price paid for properties over the twelve months to the date shown. The figures aren’t adjusted for the mix of different property sizes and types sold in different periods and places.
An indicator of the affordability of house prices in each area is also given: the house price to earnings ratio. This compares the median house price in the constituency with the median salary for full-time employees living there.
So hopefully this will help both voters and candidates, as Housing is an issue in this forthcoming election.
We need to build more homes, especially affordable and council homes, but with the AONB and Romney Marsh being a flood zone, the land which is left is minimal. So where do these houses go?
I sent an e mail to my local Conservative Councillor stating that I would not be voting for them seeing as David Monk has wasted so many millions of our money and also that this Councillor voted for Otterpool .
Their reply was basically that they voted for Otterpool because it would save houses being built in the New Romney area.
This is their reply
– and so be assured, that as a local resident, as a lawyer and as someone who cares about our district, I took the decision to approve the Outline Planning Application for the development of a new Garden Town in our District seriously, independently, and with care. Again, and very importantly, it will take pressure away from the Romney Marsh to deliver additional houses for the District as part of the government imposed targets, For the Romney Marsh – Otterpool Garden town is a ‘win win’ scheme and I wholly support it,
NIMBYism at its finest .
They don’t want cheap affordable houses blighting their area but happy to stick them at Otterpool .
Get rid of the Tories on May 4th
The councillor misses the point that families in Romney Marsh may well want housing built in their area that their relatives can move into, rather than be shunted off to Otterpool.