Approximately 3000 house lots have been allocated annually since 2015, but the Government plans to increase that number to 5000.
Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority Lelon Saul told reporters earlier this week that an increase in the allocation of house lots will help to significantly reduce the current backlog of applications.
“Currently our allocation figure on an annual basis is approximately 3000, ideally, we should be allocating in the excess of 5000 per year over the next seven years and I think it would put a significant dent on that huge backlog,” Saul told the press recently.
Mr. Saul noted that there are lands available that could see the distribution of 5000 lots per year for the next seven years.
“We have lands available but we need to develop those lands, it costs approximately $3 million to develop a house lot and for the low-income lot it is being sold at $92,000…it therefore, means we are subsidizing the cost of a house lot,” Saul explained.
Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Annette Ferguson said her Department has adopted a new approach to visit various regions in an effort to ensure that persons who have outstanding applications could finally see some progress.
She said the government is using the modified policy to ensure Guyanese acquire housing and to hopefully address a number of other issues that are raised regularly at her Department.