The Need for Affordable Housing

There are over 2300 households on the Council’s housing waiting list.

Private rented accommodation is becoming unaffordable. In November 2011, only 16% of the 78 properties for private rent available in Winchester are affordable for households on low incomes.

A household with an average need (no special requirements) would expect to wait 3 to 6 years for a property to become available.

There is a chronic shortage of family accommodation. A family in average need would expect to wait four to six years for a three bed roomed house

For the first time in seven years the Council has been forced to use temporary accommodation (e.g. bed and breakfast accommodation). It is not uncommon for families to be housed in temporary accommodation.

Since 2008 almost 500 new affordable homes have been provided in the District. The Council has identified that over 350 new affordable homes per year need to be developed if needs are to be met over the next 5 years.

Although this scale of development is unlikely to take place, the City Council is committed to maximising affordable housing supply and will work with Registered Providers, developers and landowners to do so.

If you have any questions please contact us:

By email

By phone 01962 840 222

Or write to:
Winchester City Council, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ