More housing needed in Lislea?
Published: Mon, 8 Feb 2010
We will shortly be carrying out an exercise to determine the need for new social and affordable housing in Lislea.
Usually the locations for new housing are determined by the number of people in housing need registered on the waiting list for a particular area. However, in rural areas, people sometimes do not register as they feel they will have little chance of being housed due to the lower number of available properties. This means that in many rural areas the need for new housing exists but can remain hidden.
Each year, we identify around 10 areas, which are tested to determine if any hidden need is present. With help from local community representatives and using leaflet drops and press advertising, people in housing need are encouraged to come forward and register with us in order to make sure that we have an accurate picture of demand in the area.
This year, Lislea has been identified as an area where hidden demand may exist.
Local District Manager, Jim Bagnall explains “The Housing Executive has identified a potential site in Lislea which could accommodate new social/affordable housing. It is essential that anyone in housing need comes forward and registers with the Housing Executive to ensure that if a need for new dwellings does exist, this opportunity for development is not lost."
“Leaflets have been distributed in the area and can be picked up in local shops/churches etc. Or an application can be made by simply ringing the Housing Executive on 03448 920901 before 19th March 2010 and a visit will be arranged.”
The Housing Need Assessment for Lislea will also seek to gather information on those who would like the opportunity to purchase an affordable home in the area through a scheme such as Co Ownership. Where there is a demand for both social and affordable housing, a mixed tenure scheme may be considered.