Have your say on Council's draft housing strategy

Cllr Ainsley Arnold

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."

Click here to view and contribute to the consultation or email the strategic housing team at: housingpolicy@cheshireeast.gov.uk or contact strategic housing on 0300 123 5500.

Photo: Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration.

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Nick Jones
Monday 27th November 2017 at 8:41 pm
.... and the stable door is once more blowing open again in the wind as the opportunity to do this properly has bolted... gone......... After a £3.7M flawed local plan, The Wilmslow 4 and others saying one thing to protect the green belt, then being documented doing quite the opposite, They and others at CEC have breached trust and responsibility... This is another charade, meaningless without resignations and a public meeting where the W4 can explain their duplicitous conduct...
Pete Taylor
Monday 27th November 2017 at 10:01 pm
I would not put money on a single one of the current shower of reprobates holding in any sort of public office by 2023; however I would have a flutter on CEC being history by that date.

Would you buy a used car from that bloke in the photograph?

The clock is ticking.
Jackie Pass
Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 3:17 pm
The irony! The front cover of the Draft Housing Survey has trees on it, - you know - those things that are got rid off to allow developers to build what, where, and how they want. So much for "Quality of Place".
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 7:03 pm
.. still nothing about the right infrastruture I note. I suspect it's like the 'consultation' on NCG village - input into what colour bricks we would like them to use. It certainly won't be for anything substantive!

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