Leeds has highest expected demand for homes in North

SHORT SUPPLY: Leeds City Region has the highest expected demand in the north of England. PIC: Guzelian

MINISTERS should set regional targets to ensure that tens of thousands of homes needed in the years ahead are built, according to a new report.

The research commissioned by Homes for the North, a group of 19 housing associations, suggests Yorkshire will need more than 20,000 new homes a year over the next decade.

It also found Leeds City Region – which includes West Yorkshire, parts of North Yorkshire and Barnsley – has the highest expected demand of any part of the north of England at 13,000 new homes every year.

The report argues that striking long-term deals on rents with social landlords and making combined authorities more responsible for finding new homes sites, along with regional house-building targets, could help meet the intense demand.

Homes for the North chairman Mark Henderson said: “Providers like us could double the amount we build if only government released more public land for development and provided more certainty over future housing funding.”

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP last week confirmed negotiations had begun between the Government and Leeds City Council to agree a ‘housing deal’ to deliver a significant number of new homes.

More detail is expected to be given in the autumn Budget.

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