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Affordable first time homes campaign

PUBLISHED: 20:40 13 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:05 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK pensioners have stepped up their campaign for affordable homes for first time buyers and elderly people in the county.

They are worried many people are being priced out of the market by the escalating house prices and the desire by developers to build only executive-type family homes.

SUFFOLK pensioners have stepped up their campaign for affordable homes for first time buyers and elderly people in the county.

They are worried many people are being priced out of the market by the escalating house prices and the desire by developers to build only executive-type family homes.

The Wickham Market and District branch of the Association has highlighted the issue again after watching house prices rise fast in the intervening years.

Branch chairman Percy Mason said: ''The housing situation in our rural areas has never been more acute and scandalous.

''We think it is high time planning authorities and environment ministers got their act together, stop spin doctoring and act to save our rural areas from massive urban invasions.''

Some of the fastest price rises and most expensive houses are in the Suffolk Coastal area. In Grundisburgh it is estimated a buyer needs to earn at least £30,000 a year to buy the cheapest two-bedroom house.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has admitted housing for elderly people had become a major issue that needed to be addressed.

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