County needs 250 new homes per year

The results of the first countywide housing needs study for Northumberland have now been published.

The survey took place between January and February last year and more than 19,000 residents took part, with a 30 per cent response rate.

Secondary data such as house price information, private rent levels and housing supply and availability were also used.

The outcomes show that Northumberland needs a minimum of 242 new affordable homes every year for the next 10 years to tackle housing needs.

It is proposed that this will be a mixture of social rented housing and intermediate housing, such as shared ownership.

Local authorities are required to have up-to-date robust surveys to help develop housing and planning policies and strategies and for discussions with developers on levels of affordable housing.