This article is part of a series based around our Plan for Affordable Housing which you can read more about here.

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The actual provision of affordable housing in Portsmouth has been a fraction of the objectively assessed need with a total of just 320 council and housing association homes completed during the past 5 years.

If we take the low end Partnership for Urban South Hampshire estimate of affordable housing need of 593 units per year then 2965 new affordable housing units were needed between 2012/13 and 2016/17. With just 320 being delivered there was a shortfall of some 2645 affordable homes over this period.

If we instead take the high end PUSH estimate of 768 affordable housing units per year then 3840 new affordable housing units were needed over the past 5 years resulting in a shortfall of 3520 affordable homes over this period.

Table 3: affordable housing delivery against objectively assessed need

Year 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/6 2016/17 Total
Affordable housing units completed 70 80 70 60 40 320
Affordable housing need low 593 593 593 593 593 2965
Shortfall low 523 513 523 533 553 2645
Affordable housing need high 768 768 768 768 768 3840
Shortfall high 698 688 698 708 728 3520

Completions data sourced from DCLG new build dwellings statistics live table 253

Clearly the delivery of affordable housing in Portsmouth is nowhere near matching the need for it. This lack of provision justifies the adoption of a set of policies aimed at significantly increasing the supply of affordable housing in the city.

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