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More homes need to be built in South Hams

The South Hams could have to find room for between 4,000 and 15,000 new homes over the next 20 years, the latest housing report has revealed.
In that time the number of working people in the district is likely to plummet as thousands of people retire in what is an aging population.
But a separate economic analysis is predicting a boom in jobs in the district – provoking thousands of people to pour into the area looking for work and homes.
And while the ageing population will be driving up the demand for smaller properties, those coming for jobs will be looking for three or four bedroom homes, the report explained.
Meanwhile, just 11 per cent of the homes in South Hams are classified as ‘affordable’ which is well below the national average of 17 percent, the report added.
This week South Hams Council accepted that there is going to be ‘a sustained need’ for new homes to meet the needs of the district’s growing population.
And it has warned that building more affordable homes will be a key issue in the district as the gap between local wage levels and rising house prices continues to grow.
The Strategic Housing Market Needs Assessment has been drawn up to identify the predicted future housing needs for the South Hams along with the neighbouring areas of Cornwall, Dartmoor National Park, Plymouth and West Devon.
The report was prepared by independent consultants, GVA Grimley, on behalf of South Hams District Council, Cornwall Council, Dartmoor National Park Authority, Plymouth City Council and West Devon Borough Council.
South Hams Council leader John Tucker said: ‘One of the main challenges in the future will be meeting the demand for more affordable homes as our communities grow and change.

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