Councillor Dilys Neill is calling on the District Council to do more to deliver low-cost housing in Stow and across the North Cotswolds.
It comes after two large assisted-living developments in Stow have been given the go ahead in the past two years with no provision in that time for homes for young people and families. Moreton has is also subject to a number of elderly care developments at present.
Across the whole of the Cotswolds many communities are seeing younger people leaving the area to secure cheaper housing and living costs whilst many retirees are choosing to settle here.
According to the National Housing Federation the average housing price in the Cotswolds is £400,000 and the average rent is £1,000.
Dilys Neill (LD, Stow) said: “The Cotswolds is a great place to live, work and visit and it’s wonderful that many people choose to retire here but there is a balance to be struck and in order to ensure we have a vibrant community we must deliver homes that people of all ages can afford.
“I want to see the Council work more closely with groups such as the Stow Community Land Trust, Stow Town Council and local affordable housing providers to deliver low cost housing, the Council should also seriously consider building Council housing again to address the affordability crisis.
“We’re not talking about concreting over the Cotswolds but delivering small, attractive developments that really make a difference to our community. “The Conservatives have been running Cotswold District Council for 15 years - they pay lip service to the idea of affordable housing but as we’ve seen in Stow it continues to be all talk and no action.”