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Beverley needs more affordable homes – Councillor

Beverley councillor Denis Healy claims there’s a failure by developers to build enough affordable homes in the town. The Liberal Democrat councillor, who represents St Mary’s Ward on East Riding Council, raised the issue at a meeting of the council last week, saying figures he had obtained showed that just 22 per cent of new homes earmarked on two sites currently being developed in Beverley were one and two-bedroomed properties.

He claimed developers were being allowed to build too many expensive executive properties, which was in conflict with the council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment. The figures he was quoting related to two new estates in Molescroft and by contrast with the number of one and two-bedroomed properties, 39 per cent of the houses being built contained four bedrooms or more. He said: “Young people are finding it increasingly difficult to get a foothold onto the property ladder. Local councillors have a responsibility to ensure that the Council is building the houses needed by local people, and that we are not dictated to by property developers.”