HOUSE building is on target in Tenbury and the Teme Valley.

“We’ve processed 672 planning applications during the course of the year including some major developments which have contributed to that target,” said Tony Penn, who represents Tenbury on Malvern Hills District Council.

“The housing team prevented 91 households from becoming homeless and we have had no families in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than six weeks, a significant achievement.

“We are on track to deliver our new homes target. We were set a target of building 5,650 new homes by 2030 of which 45 per cent have already been built and 1,900 are in the pipeline.

“Also we have delivered more than half of the 450 affordable homes set out in our Five Year Plan and this has been achieved in less than two years.

“Looking forward we are preparing to do what we can to help people with the rollout of Universal Credit which is coming to most of the Malvern Hills District this coming September.

“We are also committed, in our new Five Year Plan, to looking considering the creation of a new housing company to build more homes for the private rented sector in an effort to increase supply.”