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Scarborough Housing Plan Agreed

Scarborough Housing Plan Agreed

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 1:13pm 12th May 2020. (Updated at 1:19pm 12th May 2020)

Scarborough Council’s cabinet has today backed the use of the authority’s land, to help it provide more than 1,000 affordable homes.

The council will also create a specialist affordable housing unit, as it looks to meet its housing targets before March 2021.

Council leader, Cllr Steve Siddons, said the scheme was a “flagship issue” for his administration.

The Labour leader told today’s meeting:

“This particular issue was a flagship issue for this administration and was part of the manifesto before the elections last year, so I am really pleased that we are moving forward on this.

We are far too many people waiting for decent homes in this borough and have been for many years and it is time something is done about it and we are going to do something about it.”

As part of its ‘Build a Better Borough’ programme, the authority has been exploring how it can deliver better quality and increased numbers of affordable homes to buy and rent within the borough.

The council’s 2018-2021 Housing Strategy set a target to help facilitate the development of an additional 820 affordable homes over a five year period.

To date, 525 affordable homes have been completed, with up to a further 350 due to complete by March 2021.

However, the council says that new risks and emerging challenges are likely to put the sustainability of its “ambitious” programme in the longer term in doubt.

The council’s housing officers have estimated that the potential affordable housing delivery figures for the period 2021-2026 will be lower than the numbers achieved during the current period.

Today (Tuesday) the authority’s cabinet approved the start of a programme of work, to help achieve the council’s aspirations.

The council will establish an internal housing delivery project team, identify council-owned land suitable for housing and work with registered providers of social housing and private developers.

Cabinet member for Stronger Communities and Housing, Cllr Carl Maw, said that the average house price in Scarborough was seven times the average wage.

He said this made home ownership “a pipe dream” for many people living in the borough.

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