Social landlord in Tees Valley supports scheme to build more homes (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Social landlord in Tees Valley supports scheme to build more homes
6:35pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A SOCIAL housing group in the Tees Valley is supporting a national campaign for more new homes to be built.
Fabrick Housing Group is urging people to support the National Housing Federation’s Yes to Homes Week, which started today (Tuesday, September 2).
The group is hoping that new homes will ease the pressure on the rental market and see the cost of rent reduce and is calling on people to stop opposing planning applications.
In the Tees Valley in 2011, more than 15,000 people were on waiting lists for rented homes. However, Middlesbrough’s housing stock reduced by seven per cent, while Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland each lost five per cent and Hartlepool and Darlington’s dropped by one per cent.
Alison Thain, chief executive of the housing group, said: “We need to build more homes but to make a bad situation worse, people are saying ‘no’ to much-needed new homes in their community.
“Just a small handful of people can block the new homes that are a lifeline for many and all too often the people who actually need homes are missing from local debates. We want to make sure people who do support more housing are included in the debate.”
To find out more, log on to www.yestohomes.co.uk
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