St Leger Homes Signs Up To Landmark Housing Agreement
St Leger Homes of Doncaster this week signed up to a landmark agreement between local authorities and housing providers to help drive the economy and help deliver much-needed affordable homes in the Sheffield city region.
At the launch on Monday 5th December 2016, key political and housing figures from across the region signed the ‘Housing Compact’, demonstrating their commitment to working together to solve the housing crisis and meet the needs of those living and working locally.
The Sheffield Region Affordable Housing Compact is a unique collaboration between housing associations, local authorities and arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) operating in the Sheffield City Region, which between them own and manage over one fifth of all homes in the area.
Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“We’re proud to be signed up to the Sheffield City Region Affordable Housing Compact. It’s important that we work with our partners in the region to ensure that everyone has access to good quality affordable housing.
“Hopefully the Compact will help not only increase access to housing for many vulnerable and low paid people, but also help improve skills and job opportunities in the region too.”
Doncaster Council are also firmly supportive of the Compact and Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jane Nightingale, said:
“I’m delighted that the Compact will help expand the supply of new housing across all tenures and help increase the number of sustainable and thriving communities.”
Recent National Housing Federation research shows that the cost of the average Sheffield home is now over seven times the average local salary, putting homeownership out of reach for hundreds of thousands of people.
It also found that the average buyer would need a 64% pay rise to afford a standard mortgage on an average local home, and in the Sheffield City Region alone there has been a shortfall of nearly 10,000 homes since 2011.