New homes for affordable rent as Council tackles affordability crisis

With over 2,500 people on our housing register, Guildford Borough Council is working hard to help tackle the lack of affordable social housing in the borough by building our own homes for affordable rent. Following the recent Government announcement that the cap on borrowing to build affordable homes will be scrapped, we continue to develop our programme of using underused land in the area for family housing.

Philip O'Dwyer, Director of Community Services at Guildford Borough Council, Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Cllr for Housing and Planning Development, Rachel Harper, New Build Development Manager

Four new two-bedroom homes have just been completed at The Homestead, off Warren Road in Guildford and will soon welcome new tenants.

Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Cllr for Housing and Development Management says: "As a council we are determined to help meet the need for affordable social housing in our borough and we are committed to tackling this by building council homes on brownfield urban sites, often using our own land. The four new homes at The Homestead in Guildford are just one example of development, with 92 new homes built since 2014 and another 24 currently under construction. We are also redeveloping the car park site at Guildford Park Road which will provide 160 new homes, 40% of which will be available at affordable rent, alongside new parking facilities."

"We are actively looking to speed up delivery of new affordable social housing and we are confident that the recent announcement from central government will allow us to meet our goal."

Work will also start this November to build 12 new homes at Ladymead, next to the fire station.  

Published on Tuesday 30 October.