Major review of Island’s future housing needs
A MAJOR review of the Island’s future housing needs has begun to examine what impact an ageing and growing population could have on the housing market.
The report, which will be carried out by Dr Michael Bullock and Chris Brougton of Arc4 consultants, is expected to be used to help shape future government policy before the launch of the new Island Plan in 2021.
Housing Minister Anne Pryke said: ‘We are successfully on track to deliver more than 1,000 affordable homes by 2020. However, as we approach the next Island Plan it is extremely important that we undertake a full examination of Jersey’s future housing needs to help us make decisions about the number and type of new homes that will be required over the next planning period.
‘There are a number of challenges – providing enough new homes for first-time buyers, providing opportunities for people to downsize, and supporting access to housing for our workforce so vital to the economy and the delivery of world-class public services.’
The Objective Assessment of Housing Need Report is due to be completed by June.