Flintshire Council votes to re-purchase ex-council properties

Flintshire Council has voted to buy back a collection of former council houses, in report which confirmed the move was necessary to plug a growing gap in affordable homes.

The news comes after Flintshire Council voted in November to prevent its social housing tenants from having the right to buy their homes.

The local authority is also planning to build 200 new council homes over the next five years.

Councillor Aaron Shotton, leader of the Council, said: “It is well known that there is a shortage of affordable housing across the UK. Flintshire County Council’s strategy to build new council homes, the first in a generation, fits well with our proposal to suspend the Right to Buy scheme.

“A further step to provide more affordable housing would be to bring houses which were previously council owned back into our housing stock.

“This will provide more affordable housing for the residents of Flintshire and provide income to the council by way of rent."