As house prices soar and first time buyers struggle nationally, Kingston has been named among the worst-performing boroughs for building homes.

Figures from the National Housing Federation estimated 974,000 homes were needed between 2011 and 2014, but figures from 326 councils showed 457,490 were built.

Kingston, Harrow, Maldon, Harrogate and Camden were found to have provided the least housing.

According to figures from Shelter, 90 affordable houses were built in Kingston last year, and more than 6,000 people were on a council waiting list for a home.

The average price of a house in Kingston is currently £610,070, having risen by more than £400,000 since 1969.

Out of all the boroughs in London, this is 14 places behind the area with the most expensive houses in London – Kensington and Chelsea – with the average cost of a house there £2,326,857.

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, wrote for the Telegraph: “Undoubtedly there should be a heavy focus on affordable homes for young professionals – people who neither qualify for housing lists nor are able to buy.

“The numbers are vast. We will need to build in the region of 50,000 homes a year for the foreseeable future. This requires the consent of existing communities and sensitive planning.”

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “We have got Britain building again, with housing completions at their highest annual level across the country and 158,000 new homes built in London since the end of 2009.”

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said: “We have to find a way of building more homes, but also giving residents the chance to shape those schemes and create places of human scale they would want their children to be able to buy.

“The council does not have the powers to do this alone, so will need to work with the Mayor and Government to ensure we attract the infrastructure we need.”

Councillor Liz Green, who was deputy leader in the Liberal Democrat administration that had control of Kingston Council at the time, has said: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing.”

She said, when in power, plans were starting for a compulsory purchase order on the Tolworth Tesco site to build affordable homes, but this coincided with losing the election.

Since the Conservatives came into power, development has been high on the agenda with homes planned for Eden Walk, Tolworth Tower and the old post office site in Ashdown Road.

Coun Green said: “We have got now an ample opportunity to engage with them [residents] on a real knowledgeable level and what worries me is that we are not doing that.”