Council houses on way back?

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TOWN Hall chiefs are considering whether to start a new council house building scheme, following a 17-year hiatus.

Lancaster City Council’s priorities review, which will go before cabinet on Tuesday, September 6, will look at increased provision for social housing including the possibility of new council housing.

There are currently 2,204 households on the council’s housing register, or waiting list, up from 2,017 in 2010 and 1,826 in 2009.

Since 1980 the council has sold around 2,900 properties under the national Right to Buy scheme, with the most recent being sold this year.

But it has not built a council house since 1995 when two bungalows were built in Heysham.

There are currently 3,805 council-owned homes in the district.

A new self-financing system, which could be implemented by the government in April 2012, aims to give councils the resources, incentives and flexibility to manage their own housing stock for the long-term and to drive up quality and efficiency.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-09-11) for full story.