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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Council launches draft housing strategy and seeks residents’ feedback


Cheshire East Council is consulting on a proposed new housing strategy, setting out the authority’s vision and priorities for housing until 2023.

The council is profiling the value and importance of quality housing in people’s lives, wellbeing, communities and the economy. The consultation begins today (Monday) and continues into the New Year.

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 a strong 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 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.

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.

The draft housing strategy consultation continues until Monday, January 8, 2018.

To view and contribute to the consultation visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/housingstrategyconsultation

or email the strategic housing team at: housingpolicy@cheshireeast.gov.uk or contact strategic housing on 0300 123 5500.

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