An update on affordable housing in Carlisle has been discussed by the City Councillors.

They have issued a report after they were asked to consider a number of specific measures in respect to affordable housing delivery.

It is hoped that their will be options for increasing the levels of less costly homes.

Councillor Paul Nedved, Portfolio holder for Housing and Economic Development said: "Carlisle City Council takes this issue very seriously. We are a growing city and we need to ensure that there is suitable housing for all needs.

"Officers have looked at how affordable homes are delivered and the current situation in Carlisle. Market rent as well as social and affordable rent levels in Carlisle are significantly below the national average.

"We have worked in partnership with specialist providers for instance the Riverside Housing schemes at Beverley Rise and Dalston Road.

"A recent agreement has been made with Brampton Housing Association to bring empty properties back into use."

During 2020/21 170 affordable homes were built above the annual target in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.

Over the next five year period until 2024 the aim is to build 158 affordable dwellings per annum across the district.