Two Suffolk Councils have published their draft Homes Strategy and Homelessness Reduction Strategy and are inviting residents to comment on both.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils have developed a draft Homes Strategy, covering the period 2019-24, which lays out how the councils aim to increase the number of new homes being delivered in their districts. This strategy also aims to increase housing options for older households and those requiring accessible homes and to ensure the existing housing stock is fit for 21st century living.
The councils have also worked together on a Homelessness Reduction Strategy, covering the same period, which aims to reduce homelessness in both districts and support the most vulnerable Babergh and Mid Suffolk residents in finding and sustaining a home.
These draft documents, including priorities for action, have been developed with and informed by the views of a wide range of partners at consultation events held earlier this year. These have helped to shape and inform the priorities in the draft strategies, based on our understanding of local, current and future housing market challenges.
Both strategies are now open for public consultation, which launches today and runs for six weeks, closing at noon on Friday 7 December 2018.
The strategies will be amended in light of the feedback received, before being taken to the Full Councils of both Babergh and Mid Suffolk in February 2019.
Cllr Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The demand for houses in our district, and across the whole country, continues to grow, and we need to make sure that we don’t just build sufficient houses, but the right houses. We need to get these strategies right to deliver those new homes, and this is the chance for people across our district to show us what changes and approaches are required.”
Cllr Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “In Mid Suffolk we are fortunate to have very low levels of rough sleeping, but that is just the most obvious sign of homelessness: we’re working hard to reduce homelessness at all levels. The new facility at the Foyer in Stowmarket is part of that, but we can’t leave it at that. I’d ask everyone who can to take a look at our strategies and let us know what changes we need to make, so we can keep tackling homelessness year on year.”