Tougher criteria call for affordable properties

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Residents looking to move into affordable housing in part of Lancashire should have at least three years “connection” to the local area, a task group has recommended.

An affordable housing task group, set up by Wyre Council, says the current six month requirement is “too short and potentially subject to abuse.”

A report from the group, which will be debated at an overview a scrutiny committee meeting next Monday, said: “In Wyre there is a conflict between the identified need for affordable homes (in the region of 570 per annum) and the number that are built each year (in the region of 60-70).

“This inconsistency is not specific to Wyre and is a national problem.

“It is clear that residents, particularly in the rural areas of the borough, have a number of reasons for objecting to affordable housing development and it was agreed that the review would focus on the basis for these objections.”

The rough number of affordable homes currently in Garstang is 275, with a further 303 in the Over Wyre and Poulton areas, the report states.