Housing Working Party

The subject of housing emerged early in our public consultations as an important community need. Marlborough has fairly limited amounts of land available for housing due to its geographic location, this makes it very important that the limited land that is available is used to build housing that meets the needs of the community.

Unfortunately, the Government’s market-led housing strategy has resulted in developers building for maximum profit rather than to meet community need. This has resulted, in Marlborough, in the building of expensive retirement complexes on brownfield sites and an oversupply of “executive” four and five bedroom homes on greenfield sites.

The clear need in the community is for affordable starter homes for young families and a lack of them is causing a problem in retaining young families and a subsequent labour shortage. The Neighbourhood Plan aims to address this issue and has now completed an independent housing needs analysis in order to provide clear evince of this need.

Please click here to view the Housing presentation PDF

To download a copy of the Housing Needs Report please click here.