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Consultation begins on West Berkshire's draft Housing Strategy 2020 - 2036

Residents and stakeholders are invited to share their views by 1 November 2020

2020 - Housing Consultation

West Berkshire Council is inviting residents and stakeholders to provide their views on its draft Housing Strategy 2020-2036, which details how the council intends to support residents with access to good quality housing while preventing homelessness and rough sleeping. This public consultation of just over six weeks has begun today, Friday, 18 September 2020 and will close at midnight on Sunday, 1 November 2020.

The Housing Strategy sets out West Berkshire Council's strategic housing priorities and the range of actions that the Council intends to take in partnership with relevant partners and stakeholders. In addition, the draft strategy explains how a thriving housing market - within both the local and national context - can positively influence and support the delivery of the Council's vision through the following twin priorities:

  • Priority 1 - Enable every resident to have access to a home that meets their needs

  • Priority 2 - Reduce homelessness

The draft strategy looks at the demographics and anticipated demand for housing across the District for the future. Overall, the population is projected to grow by just under 5% by 2036. While West Berkshire has a relatively young population at present, the population is forecast to become older with household sizes reducing. These factors will impact on the future requirements for the type and size of housing across the district and the need for appropriate affordable housing.

Councillor Hilary Cole, Executive Member for Housing at West Berkshire Council, said:

"We are inviting residents and stakeholders to have their say on our draft Housing Strategy as the presence of a balanced housing market across West Berkshire is critical to ensuring that residents' health and well-being is safeguarded. We are particularly keen to hear from young people and key workers so we can ensure their housing aspirations are captured within the strategy.

"The draft strategy details how we aim to provide a positive impact for an ageing population, plus opportunities for affordable housing for residents with disabilities and young people.

"We also want to provide housing solutions for the reduction of homelessness and for those requiring specialist accommodation. The draft strategy sets out how the delivery of suitable housing will therefore have a positive impact on the health and well-being of residents who are impacted by poor housing.

"The Housing Strategy is a key corporate strategy that sets out how the Council intends to influence and intervene within the local housing market for the benefit of residents and I would encourage as many people as possible to provide their views by completing the consultation survey."

To read the policy and have their say on the consultation survey, residents and stakeholders can visit the West Berkshire Council website: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/drafthousingstrategy. Those unable to participate online can request a hard copy by calling 01635 519530 and selecting option 1.