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Full report: construction starts for Keswick "affordable" homes

It has been described as a vibrant community but the danger is it will not be for much longer - many young people in Keswick are having to move away because the high cost of housing means it is unaffordable.

It is a situation the Keswick Community Housing Trust is fighting to remedy.

Today, December 4, it carried out a sod cutting ceremony on a plot of land that will provide 11 three-bedroom properties in the town.

The trust says will be 'truly affordable'.

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'Housing is virtually unaffordable'

Keswick Community Housing Trust say that there's an enormous gap between what people in Keswick can afford to pay and the real cost of housing.

A recent survey carried out by Allerdale District Council found that housing was unaffordable for virtually the entire local population with wages completely out of line with the cost of accommodation.

The average wage for the lowest quarter of Keswick's population, (the majority who work in tourism catering, retail and other low paid work), is £14,019.

The lower quartile price, (the average of the lowest quarter of property prices),

for a property in this area is £167,461.

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