Call for all views on affordable housing

Residents are being invited to have their say on the types of homes they want to see built, as part of a council consultation.

Published: Tuesday, 18th December 2018

Cherwell District Council’s Draft Housing Strategy 2018-2023 emphasises the importance of making new homes more affordable and providing for a wide range of needs. The document was approved by the council executive on Monday, 5 December and the consultation on it runs until 25 January 2019.

Cllr John Donaldson, Cherwell’s lead member for housing, said: “Cherwell is a growing district and the point of this Housing Strategy is to make sure that we are building the right kinds of homes, in the right places, to support happy and thriving communities.

“We are a leading local authority when it comes to new homes, but we are also aware of the need to listen and learn. The Housing Strategy challenges us to find out more about what affordable really means for people living and working in our district and to make sure that the accommodation built in future meets these needs.

“We will be introducing targets to help reduce fuel poverty and to better provide for the diverse housing needs of older people and disabled people.

“I know that lots of these issues – and many more included in the consultation – will resonate with people living in our towns and villages, so I urge everyone to tell us their views and help shape this important policy document.”

The draft strategy puts particular emphasis on provision for people with disabilities, for young people, and older people. To these ends the council would aim to develop new-build supported housing and help people to stay in their own homes through use of disabled facilities grants.

To tackle fuel poverty, the strategy would commit the council to actions such as proactively assessing vulnerable households for energy efficiency issues and promoting energy efficiency grants.