WREXHAM council is looking for the public’s views on a new document outlining plans to create more affordable housing in the area over the next three years.

The Affordable Housing Delivery Statement 2008-2011 (AHDS) will be published as the credit crunch sees fewer people able to afford to buy homes.

The Welsh Assembly Government’s target is to build an extra 6,500 affordable homes between 2007/8 and 2010/11. The need for the AHDS derives from increasing affordability problems in both rural and urban areas.

The availability of council housing has reduced due to the right to buy and house prices have risen significantly, making homeownership increasingly difficult.

The AHDS will provide information on the local housing market and the need for affordable housing in the area.

The document also aims to demonstrate how the council intends to increase the delivery of affordable housing and outlines the affordable housing plans for 2008-2011.

Cllr Mark Pritchard, lead member for housing and planning, said: “Everyone has the right to an affordable home. The current economic situation means there is an increased demand for affordable housing and the publication of this document shows Wrexham Council is fully committed to the delivery of affordable housing. The document will also offer support to people unsure about the local housing market.”

The council has begun a six-week consultation on the document which started on Monday and is keen for members of the public to air their views.

A draft copy of the Affordable Housing Delivery Statement 2008-2011 can be obtained by contacting Housing Standards and Strategy on 01978 315300.

It will also be available to download on the Wrexham County Borough Council website.