Government figures show South Norfolk Council is leading the way on affordable homes

Long Stratton, Norfolk. South Norfolk Council Offices in Long Stratton ENGANL00120111130173715
Long Stratton, Norfolk. South Norfolk Council Offices in Long Stratton ENGANL00120111130173715

South Norfolk Council has built more affordable homes than any other authority in Norfolk and Suffolk, according to figures.

The Department of Communities and Local Government said 860 homes have been built in the district over the last five years.

South Norfolk Councillor Yvonne Bendle, cabinet member for Wellbeing and Early Intervention said: “This housing is meeting a genuine local need and is giving young people and their families a better start in life and a chance to stay near their friends and families.

“A strong delivery of affordable homes supports both our local communities and the local economy.”

A council statement said the provision of affordable housing, through a combination of controlled growth and forward planning, in partnership with the government’s Help to Buy Scheme, has resulted in more than eleven hundred homes being bought or rented by people who would otherwise have struggled to get onto the property ladder.