Research conducted by Bournemouth Liberal Democrats has uncovered the true scale of Bournemouth's shocking housing crisis.
Through submitting Freedom of Information requests to Bournemouth Borough Council, we have discovered that:
- Only 12 new social housing units were built in 2016/17
- Nearly 4,000 people are on the housing register, a figure which has not significantly reduced since 2012.
- Despite this, just 386 units became available for occupation in 2016 – meeting the needs of only 10% of those on the housing list.
- Homelessness has risen at an alarming rate, with official numbers of rough sleepers more than tripling since 2010, and the number of homelessness applications increasing from 102 in 2010, to more than 600 last year.
Our vision for better housing
In order to begin to address the scandal of homelessness we will:
- Aim to change the balance of new housing developments. We will seek a sustainable mix of new affordable and social homes alongside homes for sale at market rates that meet the needs of all our local communities.
- Seek to protect our open spaces and green belt wherever possible by giving preference to 'brown field' development and re-development.
- Enhance partnerships with local housing associations and homelessness charities in order to improve provision for those in most need.
- Work in partnership with local landlords and tenants to ensure that all privately rented accommodation provides a decent home at fair rents.
- In order to relieve pressure on our parks and open spaces (and to meet legal obligations) we will provide a permanent site for use by traveller communities.