COTSWOLD District Council's housing waiting list is at a 10 year low, thanks to an increase in the number of affordable homes made available over the last few years.

Records show between 2011-12 and 2013-14, 1,317 homes were built in the district with 556 of them affordable.

Councillor Lynden Stowe, leader of the council, said: “We all know how hard it is for younger people in particular to get their foot on the housing ladder in this district.

"It’s an attractive place to live and work and market forces dictate that property prices – and rents – are high in comparison to many other areas. To counter this effect, we have delivered a good number of affordable houses over the last few years, and the vast majority have benefitted local people with strong local connections.

"Our record is very good in comparison with many other local authorities and we are very pleased to announce that our housing waiting list is now at a 10 year low.

“Our continuing aim is to make a substantial number of properties in the Cotswolds affordable, especially for young families who should be encouraged to stay in the district and help to grow the local economy. "

Anyone interested in low cost home ownership can view properties and register with Help To Buy South at or those interesting in renting can visit