Liberal Democrats across South Gloucestershire are calling for more local housing to be affordable for people living here.
John Davis is the only South Glos Councillor for the Yate area under 30. He says: “A 3 bedroom house in Yate is around the £200,000 mark; meaning to get a house you need a household income of around £47,500 and a £10,00 deposit not including the £3,000-£4,000 in legal fees and stamp duty.”
Most people in South Gloucestershire earn slightly over £21k a year.
Eva Lily Fielding in Thornbury has already highlighted the plight of lower-earners in the west of the district, telling the Gazette “I find it ridiculous that they call these homes affordable – affordable to whom?”
The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework has a definition of affordable rented properties – at 80% or below of the average local rents – but houses to buy have no strict definition.
Claire Young, lead member for strategic planning and communities said: “Young people who grew up around here are getting good jobs, but finding they have no prospect of buying a home near their families and work. It just doesn’t add up – you can’t have a housing ladder if people can’t afford to get on the bottom rung. We need more “real affordable” housing, and complete communities, not endless estates of executive houses.”