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Draft Housing Strategy aims to improve availability of genuinely affordable homes

A draft Housing Strategy 2018-2023 went before the meeting of our cabinet this morning (4 October 2017) and sets out our proposed approach to pro-actively addressing housing need in the district for the five years from 2018 to 2023.

It will also help shape housing policies within the emerging Local Plan for the district, including policies to secure housing that people can afford.

The Housing Strategy, and the Delivery Action Plan that accompanies it, acknowledge the shortage in the New Forest of homes which are genuinely affordable and identify a range of ways in which the council will enhance the housing options available and the supply of affordable housing for the benefit of local people. It also aims to ensure the best use of homes owned by the council and address the challenges the council's housing service faces as a result of recent welfare reforms.

Flo Churchill, Executive Head of Planning and Housing commented:
"We know that housing is expensive across the District and we want to be active in helping to provide different options for our residents and at the same time ensuring we increase the supply and quality of housing that we control."


Updated: 4 Oct 2017
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