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New borough housing strategy promises quality and accessible homes for all
The strategy sets out the borough’s future housing needs, the council’s commitment to building quality and accessible homes for everyone, and to improving and strengthening neighbourhoods over the next five years.
The strategy has been drafted with the input and insight of key stakeholders in the community and local housing providers.
There are five key objectives, with the strategy intended to support the council’s journey towards net zero carbon emissions through its housing supply; to improve the health and wellbeing of residents by addressing the importance of safe, warm and digitally and socially connected housing; to create communities; and provide supported and specialist housing.
And lastly, the Housing Strategy will support the Local Plan’s vision to create good, quality and affordable housing, broadening the housing stock, meeting local needs, providing safe and sustainable communities, and making the borough a residential destination of choice. Growth and regeneration will also bring opportunities to provide direct employment, invest into the local employment market and develop skills within the community for the future.
The council is also focused on maximising use of Homes England funding in the borough, increasing access to affordable rent and affordable home ownership. Registered housing providers submit schemes for affordable housing to Homes England and request grant funding based on the number of homes they propose to build.
Working closely with registered housing providers, the council will ensure the right properties are built that meet people’s needs with options for affordable rent and affordable home ownership.
We are asking for people to have their say on the Draft Housing Strategy 2022-27 via an online survey:
If you would prefer to make written comments about the Draft Housing Strategy, you can email these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey closes on Thursday 24 February 2022.