The community organizing charity Citizens UK’s campaign group London Citizens has recently published an affordable homes league table for people looking to buy homes in London. The table displays the percentage of affordable housing that have been built in the area over the course of the past five years. These figures only cover the percentage of affordable homes that have been built by the eight biggest housing providers.
Countryside the property developing company has a score of 48%, meaning that it is ranked as the number one house builder of affordable homes amongst the top eight housing developers. The list of house builders included companies like Qatari Diar/Delancy, Bellway Homes, Mount Anvil, Barratt Home, Telford, Berkley Homes and Taylor Wimpey.
Citizens UK wanted to highlight the lack of affordable homes being produced and suggested that all property developments in London should have at least 35% of the project allocated to affordable homes. This could help tackle the challenge faced by Londoners to find affordable housing. It is thought that more and more communities are being damaged because of the lack of affordability and the poor levels of housing provision, which could be changed if developers allocated more houses for the affordable market when carrying out developments.
Countryside house builders have been said to have a unique ethos which requires them to provide affordable homes and work in partnership with local councils, housing authorities and business partners in order to make the best development choices for the community. With the lack of affordable housing at the moment it would be beneficial if more companies looked in to providing for this market.
The figures from London Citizens have been cross referenced against the websites for public planning application websites and other industry data to work out the percentage of affordable homes created.