North Yorkshire Council has opened up proposals for an ambitious new housing strategy for public consultation.
The new strategy will provide a new framework for how housing will develop over the course of the next five years, with this including proposals for the delivery of approximately 13,000 new homes. This is based on the commitments that were already laid out in the Local Plan, including some of these homes being council homes, adding to the councils existing portfolio of 8,500 properties.
People, places, and homes will be the three key focuses of the strategy, whilst focusing on the following areas:
- Preventing and tackling homelessness
- Meeting the needs of the aging population
- Meeting supporting housing needs and the needs of specific groups.
- Growing the supply of affordable and available housing
- Addressing the rural housing crisis
- Supporting communities through neighbourhood renewal and regeneration
- Decarbonising homes
- Ensuring that new housing supply contributes to the council’s net zero ambitions.
- Addressing stock condition issues
- Ensuring that council stock remains of a decent standard and continues to improve.
Cllr Simon Myers, Executive Member for Housing, said:
“This is the first housing strategy of the new North Yorkshire Council, outlining our vision for housing across the county, our priorities, and the actions we will take.
“With that in mind, it is very important that we get the views of local people and stakeholders so they can be fed into the final version of the strategy, which we hope will be adopted by the council next spring.”
With the public consultation opening yesterday, it will remain open for 10 weeks (until the 11th December) and will involve face-to-face meetings with key partners and stakeholders across the housing, communities and voluntary sector.
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