AFFORDABLE new home numbers were at their highest in Stratford district last year.
A report has highlighted the completion of a record-breaking number of new affordable homes for those previously finding themselves priced out of home ownership.
Every year Stratford District Council (SDC) reviews the number and type of homes built in the district. And during the last financial year, 491 affordable homes were built by the council’s partner housing associations – the highest-ever recorded annual total.
SDC councillor Jo Barker said: “Last year’s record achievement is a reflection of the district council’s long-standing commitment to providing more affordable homes for local people and our local communities.
“Our district is a great place in which to live and work. But, sadly, the reality for many people is that they’re priced out of the local housing market: to the detriment of our local economy and our local communities. To tackle this, the district council has been working hard with its partners over many years to get the homes we desperately need built and last year’s figure is also a reflection of the good working relationships we’ve built with our partners.”
Last year’s affordable housing development programme included schemes built in Bidford, Bishops Itchington, Brailes, Ettington, Great Alne, Long Itchington, Long Marston, Lower Quinton, Meon Vale, Napton, Newbold-on-Stour, Shipston, Southam, Stratford, Stretton-on-Fosse, Tredington, Welford and Wellesbourne.
Community-led rural housing schemes were also completed on sites at Brailes, Great Alne and Stretton-on-Fosse. And a specialised housing scheme at Rosalind Court in Stratford provided over 100 apartments for older people.