More affordable homes on the way?

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By Com_Publisher | Sunday, March 06, 2011, 21:33

New role to help Christchurch and East Dorset step up delivery of affordable homes. As part of a policy to see more affordable homes being delivered, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Partnership have appointed a new Housing Development and Enabling Manager.

Tim Davis, who has more than 25 years’ experience in private and public sector housing, has been appointed to work with landowners and developers, parish councils and community groups to find ways of providing affordable housing across the two councils’ area.

Tim said: “The high cost of housing is one of the greatest concerns raised by local people. Many people with a genuine connection to the area are unable to find homes they can afford, whether to rent or buy, where they want to live and work.

“Potential first-time buyers are being put off by tighter mortgage lending and job insecurity, leading to a private rented market where landlords have increased rents and can cherry pick the best-paid tenants.

“If housing is too expensive for those on lower incomes we could find that our communities no longer include a balanced mix of ages, families and incomes. Workers could move away, and employers would struggle to find a local workforce.

“My role is to bring people together, to guide and inform, and to help overcome barriers to the provision of affordable homes whatever they may be.”

Tim has had extensive experience in housing, having led many initiatives in both urban and rural areas, and has dealt with everything from town centre regeneration sites to the sensitivities of development in the countryside.

He would be interested in hearing from any landowners, developers or community groups who have an interest in looking at affordable housing options in the area.

He can be contacted on 07825 421382 or by email at t.davis@christchurch.gov.uk.

Do you have any experiences of the local housing market that you would like to share your views on ? Are the rents and purchase prices too high in Christchurch? If you are looking to rent a property do you think you have lost out to someone else because the landlord "cherry picked"? We'd love to hear your views.

      

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