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The average house price in Bingham for the first three months of the year was more than £200,000.

That is according to figures included in a wealth of information published on the internet by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

It has produced profiles of its wards, looking at population, housing, income and deprivation and housing need.

The two wards in Bingham — east and west — are explored in detail.

According to the profile, the average price of houses in the east ward between January and March was £203,780 — joint 19th highest in the borough.

Houses in the west ward, over the same period, were selling for an average of £208,069.

Rental prices in Bingham east were cheaper last month than the average for Rushcliffe as a whole.

The average rental price for properties in the west ward is also lower than the borough average, with the exception of four-bedroom houses, which are more expensive.

However, there is a lack of private rented accommodation in the ward, putting pressure on people not able to get on the housing ladder.

The majority of homes in Bingham east — 1,530 — are owner occupied, with 154 social rented, 119 private tenants and 24 in shared ownership.

The 83.4% of people owning houses in Bingham east means that the proportion in the ward is higher than the national and borough average.

The ward also has a higher proportion of detached properties than the national and borough average but has lower levels of semi-detached properties than the rest of the country and the borough.

In the west ward, 1,362 people own their own homes, 73.7% of houses in the ward — higher than the national average but lower than the Rushcliffe average.

A total of 303 houses are socially rented, 133 privately rented and 49 are in shared ownership.

Results from the 2001 Census shows that Bingham west has a population of 4,425, 24% of whom are under 16.

The report points out that starter homes may be in great demand if they want to stay in the area.

Fewer people live in the east of the town, where there is 4,259 residents. Their average is 39.93.

In the east ward, more than 98% of the population is white — nearly 3% higher than the rest of the borough. The largest ethnic minority group is Chinese, who make up 0.38% of the ward population.

In the west, 97% of the population is white — nearly 2% higher than the borough average — and the largest ethnic minority group is Asian and Asian British, making up 0.58%.

According to the data, household income in the east ward is higher than the UK average.

The mean household income is £38,736, but, according to the report: “It must be noted that higher income households mask pockets of deprivation and households on lower incomes, thereby distorting the overall average household income in the ward.”

The highest proportion of households earn £20-25,000, the same as the Bingham west ward.

The mean income for households in the west ward is slightly lower, at £37,635, but is still higher than the national average.

In May 2007, of the 185 people claiming benefits in the east ward, 54.1% were claiming incapacity benefits and 10% claimed job seekers’ allowance.

In the west, nearly half of those on benefits (47.2%) claim incapacity benefit and 10% claim job seekers’ allowance.

A spokesman for Rushcliffe Borough Council said the new ward profiles allowed them to consolidate information and made it easier to build up a local picture of need.

The profiles’ development took several months and will be updated quarterly. The updates will take a couple of weeks to complete.

A spokesman said: “Ward profiles provide additional localised information that provide a general indication of need.

“They can assist the council in negotiations for affordable housing, ensuring that we take account of factors such as supply and demand, affordability, sustainability and future growth.

“However, ward profiles should not be used as an absolute measure of need, rather as additional localised information supporting the wider borough-wide studies.”

The spokesman said the Nottingham Core Strategic Housing Market Assessment was also available and provided an accurate assessment of housing need.

The ward profiles can be viewed at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/wardprofiles



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