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The action plan to sort out Bristol's housing shortfall

The new Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has announced a new member for housing.

It comes as figures obtained by ITV News showed that thousands of people are on a waiting list for just a few dozen houses in Bristol.

Today we spoke to Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, and asked him what he's got to say to the 9000 people currently on the waiting list:

We know how important it is to have somewhere secure to live - where you know you're not going to be turfed out after six months

– Cllr Paul Smith

The Labour mayor put housing at the forefront of his campaign, promising to build 2000 homes a year by 2020.

Housing objectives:

Build
"We have to build more council housing, housing association housing, housing to buy."
  • The Council has taken 80 hectares of land off the market so they can build on it
  • They aim to build 2000 new homes by 2020
Fill
"We need to make sure that none of our houses are emptier longer than they need to be"

'It's a huge problem' - Bristol Mayor's plans to tackle the city's housing crisis

New figures released after a Freedom of Information request by ITV News show thousands of people are on a waiting list for just a few dozen houses in Bristol.

More than 9000 people are on the waiting list for social housing in the city but of all the properties under council ownership only 41 are available to rent.

We are committed to reaching out to people around Bristol, across the West of England, across the country, who want to join with us in investing in Bristol to get the homes we need, to tackle our social crisis.

It's top of our priority list.

– Mayor Marvin Rees

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West housing crisis: 85,000 new homes needed

Credit: ITV West Country

People in the West are being asked for their ideas on how to meet the area's housing and transport needs for the next 20 years.

Councils for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire estimate that

85,000
new homes will be needed

in the next

20
years, which is
30,000
more than planned

Options being considered include building more tower blocks and building on greenfield and brownfield sites.

The public consultation starts today, and will run until January 29th.

Bristol housing crisis: At least 5 people competing for each rental home

Campaigners protest against Bristol letting agent in April. Credit: ITV West Country

With rents going up and calls for more affordable housing, Bristol's housing crisis continues - as an estate agent tells ITV News West Country that there are at least five people competing for every rental home.

The average cost of renting a 3-bed house in the centre is now £1,400 a month, which is almost double the cost in Gloucester - and with demand often outstripping supply many people are unable to find a place to live.

Are you struggling to find an affordable rent in the city? Has Bristol become too expensive to live in? Write to westcountry@itv.com with your story.

In April campaigners protested against lettings agent CJ Hole, after the Southville branch wrote to Bristol landlords encouraging them to raise rents.

The branch has since had its windows smashed in in what appears to be a vandal attack.

Controversial Bristol lettings agent has windows smashed

Police are investigating after an estate agent criticised for encouraging Bristol landlords to increase rents had its windows smashed in.

Campaigners protested outside the Southville branch of CJ Hole in April after it wrote to landlords with the suggestion, and more than 12,000 people signed a petition calling on the firm to stop "exploiting Bristol's housing crisis" and sign an 'Ethical Lettings Charter'.

The vandal attack against the branch is believed to have happened on Tuesday night.

Landlords asked to work with council over housing

Landlords are being asked to work with the council to tackle housing need Credit: ITV News

Private landlords are being asked to work with Bristol City Council to tackle the need for housing in the city.

A forum will be held tonight to encourage property owners to work with housing agencies to provide secure accommodation for people in need of a home.

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