11 housing associations reject affordable homes as far too small

“New-build “affordable” homes are standing empty after nearly a dozen housing associations rejected them for being too small.

The five properties were deemed to be lacking the square footage required to meet “modern standards of social housing.”

Developer Monument Two Ltd is currently building 42 homes at Derby’s former Calder Aluminium site in Repton Road, reports DerbyshireLive.

South Derbyshire District Counciil signed off on the scheme in 2010 but it has not yet been completed.

Now the firm has told the council that the affordable homes built on the site have been seen as too small by 11 housing associations that were offered them.

The housing associations also said that there were not enough affordable homes on the site – with just five built due to the cost of developing the site.

Of the five homes, two are three-bed homes and three are two-bed homes.

The council says that the square footage of the homes does not meet modern standards of social housing – which have been upgraded since 2010 when the homes were approved. …”