Cheshire East Council is consulting on a proposed new housing strategy, setting out the authority's vision and priorities for housing until 2023.
The consultation begins today (Monday, 27th November) and continues until Monday, January 8th, 2018.
The borough's Local Plan includes provision for a housing requirement of at least 36,000 new homes and 380 hectares of land for business, general industrial and storage and distribution uses up until 2030.
This is to reflect an anticipated jobs growth rate of around 1,600 jobs per year, or 31,400 by 2030. Nationally, it is estimated the country needs to build more than 250,000 new homes each year.
Cheshire East says it has a strong ambition for jobs-led economic expansion and housing is seen as essential to support this continuous growth. The council wishes to see that homes built across the borough are of the right type and are built in the right place, offering a range of high-quality housing that is affordable and meets the needs of young people, families and older residents.
The draft housing strategy outlines the Council's priorities and how they will achieve them:
- Stimulate the housing market
- Support regeneration to support quality of place
- Improve the housing offer for an ageing population
- Develop a housing offer to support jobs-led growth
- Support the Medium Term Financial Growth Strategy
- Prevent homelessness
- Commission housing support for people with complex needs
- Promote independent living
- Promote Affordable Warmth
- Challenge poor quality housing
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: "Our proposed new housing strategy contains our ambitions for facilitating the delivery of affordable housing alongside a robust, well-managed rental and sales market. We welcome the opportunity for our residents to engage with us so that we can develop our thinking further on this important topic."
Photo: Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration.