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Bottle neck of people waiting for one-bed homes in Colchester
4:10pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
MORE than 1,800 people are waiting to move into a one-bed home but just two were available last week.
Some 1,834 people who need a one-bed home in Colchester are on the social housing waiting list but according to fresh figures, it will take more than 17 years to house them all at a rate of two per week.
Tina Bourne, councillor responsible for housing, has now called for a reform of home building in the borough.
“We need to have a radical think about how we go forward,” she said.
“Perhaps we need to look at whether we actually need three, four or five-bedroom homes or one and two-bedroom homes.
“If we don’t, we could be looking at a glut of housing 20 years time that we don’t need.
“We need to start thinking long-term because housing policy must not be temporary, regardless of the government of the day.”
It has also emerged 236 tenants who are currently housed in homes with more than one bedroom are also waiting to downsize to one-bed homes.
It is not known how many of the 1,834 are in urgent need.
Colchester Council is in the process of coming up with a new strategic housing market assessment, which will outline the priorities for the social and private housing sector for the coming years.
A final report from market research experts David Couttie Associates is expected in November.
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