25th Nov, 2020

House building across Malvern Hills hits ten-year high

Craig Gibbons 31st Jul, 2017

FIGURES show more homes were built across the Malvern Hills district last year than at any point over the last decade.

Statistics reveal 363 new homes were completed in 2016/17, compared with just 183 in 2006/07.

Of those 95 were affordable which is part of the district council’s Five Year Plan pledge to help people access the housing market.

The authority has been set a target to build 5,650 homes in the district by 2030, of which 45 per cent have already been built with another 1,900 in the pipeline or under construction.

The housing target was set by an independent planning inspector as part of the South Worcestershire Development plan.

It aims to increase the number of properties available, including affordable homes, and ensure the right type are being built to cater for families, individuals and the elderly.

The high house building rate also means the council has enough land for housing for the next five years, meaning it is more able to fend off inappropriate development.

Coun Melanie Baker, portfolio holder for sustainable development and infrastructure on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We want our beautiful district to be a great and affordable place for everyone to live, learn and work.

“People want choice and quality and I am delighted that our home building blueprint is delivering.

“Not only are we well on the road to achieving our 2030 target, but we are meeting demand and ensuring affordable homes are available on a larger scale.

“That’s great news for everyone who can see Malvern Hills is an area to put down long-term roots.

“Our plans are about building futures, not just homes, and making Malvern Hills a great place to live.”

The figures do not include the major extensions on the boundary with Worcester, made up of both land in Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts.

This is monitored separately and homes aren’t scheduled to be built on the land until 2018/19 depending on planning permission being granted.


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