Nearly half the house-hunters across North Lincs cannot afford to buy or rent
Almost half the people looking to get a foot on the property ladder in North Lincolnshire find they cannot afford a home.
According to official figures just made public, 47% of new households are unable to afford to buy or rent on the open market
The proportion of lower income households in this area is higher than the average for the rest of England
North Lincolnshire Council has made a strategic housing market assessment for 2012 - described as a comprehensive study of housing needs across the district.
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The fact many households struggle to be able to buy or rent a home is described as a key point in the report.
More than 1,500 questionnaires were completed by members of the public wishing to have their way on housing needs.
A minimum of 551 new homes are required for sale on the open market each year, while the number of "affordable" homes required for rent or sale below market cost has risen from 304 to 328 per year.
The council says the population of North Lincolnshire will continue to increase significantly over the next quarter-of-a-century.
Estimates of the number of new homes required by 2026 vary from 10,750 to 16,840 "dependent on economic growth."
North Lincolnshire Council is to form aworking group to analyse the findings of the housing market assessment and set out a plan for the future housing policy for the area.