COUNCIL chiefs in East Yorkshire have admitted hitting their targets for building affordable homes in rural areas is “a problem”.

Studies carried out by the Countryside Alliance say East Riding of Yorkshire Council is planning to build only nine per cent of the housing needed to meet demand and allow home-buyers to get onto the property ladder.

The figures were obtained from the authority’s Housing Needs Survey, which said the authority was looking at ways of solving the problem.

The research showed the region needs 1,400 affordable homes every year, but has only 125 planned for the current year.

The council’s portfolio holder for housing, Coun Simon Fraser, described the target as “extremely challenging”, but said the council was committed to providing affordable housing and had “the biggest single programme of affordable home council house-building in the country outside of London”.