Council’s plan to meet housing need at every stage of life
During an online meeting of Basingstoke and Deane Borough’s Cabinet last night (Tuesday 7 July), the Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2020 to 2024 was unanimously backed and will now be recommended for approval at Council on Thursday 16 July.
The strategy aims to create opportunities at every stage of life for all residents across Basingstoke and Deane, focusing on increasing housing choices available to the borough’s residents who have housing needs.
It focusses on five priorities: preventing homelessness, eradicating rough sleeping by 2024, delivering housing choice and quality, tackling climate change and place shaping. It was formed in consultation with housing and homelessness partners and with input from residents, councillors and organisations.
The new plan builds on the successes of the previous housing and homelessness strategy which include delivering more affordable homes, implementing the Social Inclusion Partnership’s rough sleeping plan and significantly reducing the number of people sleeping on the borough’s streets year on year, minimising Bed and Breakfast use and embarking on a programme of initiatives to support greater access to low cost home ownership.
In the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic, the new strategy will guide the council’s next steps while allowing it and its partners the flexibility to respond to the changing needs and demand and COVID-19 related policy and guidance.
Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “This new Housing and Homelessness Strategy paves the way to enabling residents to access the homes they need.
“From families looking to access a home from the housing register, to rough sleepers in need of support to first-time buyers looking to step onto the property ladder, this new strategy has opportunity at its heart. It reflects what our residents have told us they want to see and will be an important part in ensuring those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can access the support they need.”
To view the Cabinet papers visit https://democracy.basingstoke.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=142&MId=1698