Third of all new West Sussex homes built in Horsham district

A new home in Durrants Village near Faygate in 2013.
A new home in Durrants Village near Faygate in 2013.

More than a third of all new homes completed in West Sussex over the last two years were built in the Horsham district.

According to Government figures 730 homes were constructed in 2013/14 in the area, a number that rose to 800 in 2014/15, leading to a combined total of 1,530.

During that time just 4,520 homes have been built across West Sussex, and according to the National Housing Federation, which represents non-profit housing associations in the UK, the total of 2,520 for 2014/15 was 2,000 less than needed.

Alistair Smyth, external affairs manager for the South East at the National Housing Federation, said: “We have a far reaching housing crisis and at its heart is the reality that not nearly enough homes have been built for a generation or more.

“We need urgent action to get more housing of all types built in the South East. Families and young people across the country are crying out for genuinely affordable homes they can rent long term and shared ownership homes to help them on the housing ladder.

“Housing associations are building, but they need a bold government to play its part too and lead the way for new homes. Our new Government has committed to end the housing crisis within a generation, now it must free up land and provide proper investment to make that happen.”

According to the NHF across England, in the four years 2011 to 2014, the total shortfall against the need for new homes totalled 515,340.

Meanwhile across the South East 21,890 homes were built in 2014/15, leading to a shortfall of 19,810.

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