Housing trust boss calls for more homes in the Vale ahead of massive London rally

The campaign banner on VAHT's offices

The campaign banner on VAHT's offices

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Residents and employees of Vale of Aylesbury Housing will be joining a huge rally calling for more homes which takes place in London next week.

Organised by Homes for Britain, Tuesday’s event in Westminster will bring together 2,500 people from all over the country to call for ‘an end to the housing crisis within a generation’.

There are still massive affordability and availability issues within the Vale of Aylesbury and more homes are needed

Matthew Applegate

Matthew Applegate, chief executive of Vale of Aylesbury Housing, the largest provider of social housing in the district, said: “Homes for Britain is about building the right homes in the right places at the right price.

“There are still massive affordability and availability issues within the Vale of Aylesbury and more homes are needed.

“If we don’t act soon, ask yourself where your children will live when they are adults, and what it might cost them. Doesn’t everyone deserve a home of their own?’

Led by the National Federation for Housing, Homes for Britain brings together a number of organisations including homelessness charity Crisis.

Vale of Aylesbury Housing says that around 250,000 new households are formed a year and that building too few homes ‘means that property costs, whether rent or mortgage, increase as demand outstrips supply’.

It said that at market rates in the Vale, housing costs over £2,300 per square metre, meaning that ‘the floorspace of the size of the campaign banner on our office at Fairfax House, Aylesbury, would cost an eye-watering £7,074’.

Mr Applegate added: “Nationally, we are building fewer homes now than at any other time since the Second World War. Less than half of the new homes needed each year are built, so for every year the situation is allowed to carry on, the worse the crisis will become.”