Tenants in Denbighshire could lose the right to buy their own council home for up to five years.
Denbighshire County Council will appeal to the Welsh Government for permission to suspend the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme, following a slump in housing stock over the last decade. Councillors voted to submit an application at a meeting in Ruthin on Tuesday.
The local authority claims over 4,000 properties have been taken out of its hands since 2004 – although 700 homes have been provided as affordable housing in the county. Almost 2,500 homes are in the hands of social landlords including Clwyd Alyn.
A report stated that Denbighshire had the unusual characteristic of its private rented sector outgrowing that of social housing, resulting in fewer opportunities, and that a slower recovery in incomes had only worsened the ”affordability crisis”.
The cabinet’s lead member for housing, Councillor Barbara Smith, said: ”There is a demand for council homes in Denbighshire, with ten applicants on our waiting list compared to every vacancy. This is a significantly greater ratio than Swansea and Carmarthenshire who were the first two councils in Wales to suspend the right to buy. Other councils look set to follow suit.”
“Our local registered social landlord partners are supporting our application. They have indicated that they require the suspension to also apply to their stock, subject to formal consultation and decision…there clearly is a case in the county for this to happen”.
Flintshire and Isle of Anglesey councils have also applied to the Welsh Government to suspend the scheme in their areas.