North East Lincolnshire Council

Council adopts ambitious plan for local housing

Councillors at North East Lincolnshire Council have approved an ambitious plan to build new houses and improve existing homes in the area.

The housing strategy sets out the Council’s plan for accommodating a growing population whilst working to combat fuel poverty and out-of-use homes.

Councillors approved the strategy at a meeting of the Council’s cabinet this afternoon.

The plans are projected to create housing for an estimated local growth of 9,000 jobs in the area over the next 14 years, catering for an estimated population increase of about 26,000.

Councillor Ray Oxby, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’ve approved the housing strategy today, demonstrating a clear commitment to offering the people of this borough quality, affordable housing.

“This plan recognises that we must work with partners to create a strong local offer of quality, sustainable and most importantly affordable housing.”

Portfolio holder for housing, Councillor Peter Wheatley, said: “Houses are much more than simply bricks and mortar. They are homes for people and places to create families.

“On a national scale, there is a recognised housing shortage, with house building dropping in recent years to below the recommended level.

“The importance of this housing strategy cannot be stressed enough – the Council has a strong plan to continue to attract investment and create jobs, but housing is a crucial part of this, and it’s great to see that this strategy will now be adopted by the Council.

“This will provide us with a framework to go about the task of housing the population of our area. The strategy will run in tandem with the local plan and is part and parcel of local regeneration”

A public consultation was carried out in December 2016 and January 2017.

To find out more about the Council’s Housing Strategy, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk.

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