Waiting list for homes tops 1,000

PUBLISHED: 17:40 12 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

MORE than 1,000 people are waiting to find a housing association property in Woodbridge, it has been revealed.

MORE than 1,000 people are waiting to find a housing association property in Woodbridge, it has been revealed.

The sheer scale of the housing shortage in the town became apparent for the first time with the release of new figures showing how many families are waiting for properties from Suffolk Heritage Housing Association, the owners of former council houses.

House prices are now so high in Woodbridge that first-time buyers can not afford to buy their own home unless they have a £30,000-plus mortgage. It is feared that the waiting list unveiled by the association is just the tip of the iceberg with many other people being squeezed into the private rental market.

The pressure on housing is such that in some cases two families are sharing properties only suitable for one family.

The association operates a points system and this means that young people with a reasonable income will not be able to obtain a property because more deserving cases are ahead of them. People with disabilities, those on low incomes and families in overcrowded conditions merit more points.

James Cann, of the Flagship Housing Group, parent group of the association, told Woodbridge Town Council that there was not enough housing stock to meet demand. The company was constantly searching for new land to develop in Woodbridge, but it was unable to find any, and it was difficult for the company to buy houses at such high prices.

He said 108 families wanted a two-bedroom house. 120 families wanted three bedrooms and there were five families waiting for a four-bedroom property. In the bungalow sector 111 families were queuing for a two-bed and 80 for a three-bed.

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