Housing crisis

Housing manager to deliver hundreds of social housing amid ‘housing crisis’ in parts of Broxtowe – Reuters

Broxtowe City Council offices.
By Anna Whittaker, Local Democracy Journalist

A council leader has said there is a “housing crisis” in parts of Nottinghamshire because thousands of people are now on waiting lists for accommodation.

Councilor Milan Radulovic (Lab), leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said almost three-quarters of those on the council housing authority’s waiting list are from Stapleford and Eastwood.

It comes as the authority approved plans to recruit a new housing manager to deliver hundreds of homes in Broxtowe.

The new role within the authority will replace the interim housing manager who has been in the role for three years.

The council said the person in the new role would “drive forward” developments in the area.

Cllr Radulovic said: “When we compiled this list we had 2,553 candidates. 1,850 are in Stapleford and Eastwood, nearly three-quarters between these towns.

“The ambitious plans we have made will go a long way to solving the problems in the south. Except when you cross this line north of the borough, there is practically nothing.

“There is a massive need in these areas of Stapleford and Eastwood to deal with the housing crisis. Typically, these are areas classified as poorer, low-skilled, low-education, and low-wage. This seems to manifest itself in a whole host of other issues.

“In Eastwood alone there are 835 applicants, of which 386 are in need of family housing.

“In Stapleford, 1,015 applicants and 493 require family accommodation. We need to do something urgently about it. »

Councilor Steve Carr (Lib Dem) added: “We are now moving very quickly to supply not only new municipal properties but also condominium properties.

“It’s a success for this council of the alliance.

Council documents say the housing delivery plan that was approved in 2019 called for delivering a minimum of 230 new social housing units between 2020 and 2030.

“Without this position, the Board will not be able to advance the current program of new construction programs and will not be able to identify new opportunities in the future. Without this position, the delivery of the delivery program of housing adopted will be adversely affected, the board documents said.

The total cost of the role would be £63,350 including salary and other costs.

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