‘We need more houses’ says campaign group

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A HOUSING backlog is pricing people out of owning or renting a home in their local area, says a campaign group.

Figures released by the National Housing Federation (NHF) show 240 homes were built in Portsmouth between April last year and March this year.

They say another 408 should have been built to keep up with demand.

Across the whole of Hampshire, including Havant, Fareham and Gosport boroughs, 4,160 homes were built – 1,402 fewer than the number the federation says is needed.

Figures show that in the past year housing associations built 4,750 new homes in the south east – over a fifth of all homes built in the region.

Local councils built just 140 over the same period.

Across England, in the four years 2011 to 2014, the total shortfall against the need for new homes totalled 515,340, according to the NHF.

Alistair Smyth, external affairs manager for the south east at the NHF, said: ‘We have a far-reaching housing crisis and at its heart is the reality that not nearly enough homes have been built for a generation or more.

‘We need urgent action to get more housing of all types built in the south east.

‘Families and young people are crying out for genuinely affordable homes they can rent long term and shared ownership homes to help them on the housing ladder.

‘Housing associations are building, but they need a bold government to play its part too.’