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Policy Housing Strategy

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2. The context

East Devon District Council has a role within the local housing market as

  • a landlord  of over 4200 properties
  •  a regulator of standards within the private rented and owner occupier sectors
  • the planning authority with a duty to bring forward more homes including more affordable homes
  • the provider of a housing options service to help those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness

Key conditions[1] within the housing market influence standards and provision

  • house prices are high (the average house price for the district being £270,982) and continuing to rise
  • annual earnings are low (£23,171)
  • within the South West as a whole households would need an annual pay rise of more than £30,000 to afford an average home
  • private rents are also high (average monthly private sector rents almost £700)
  • there are insufficient new homes being built
  • there are a high number of second homes in the district


[1] National Housing Federation Home Truths 2015/16 The housing market in the South West