Ambitious plans to widen housing choice, increase home ownership and provide housing that allows residents to live independently as their needs change in the city have been formally agreed.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council approved its new housing strategy 2022-2027 at a full council meeting yesterday (Thursday). The strategy follows a formal consultation over the winter of 2021/22 which listened to the views of residents and stakeholders about the types and tenures of homes that are required to meet the needs of residents and support the city’s future growth and ambition.
The new strategy follows the launch of the Powering up Stoke-on-Trent Prospectus last year, which sets out the council’s ambitions for the area’s post Covid-19 recovery by attracting investment and creating highly skilled and well-paid jobs in the city.
The strategy looks to raise the quality of new residential developments, encourage new custom and self-build housing and continue to improve the experience of tenants in private and social housing rented stock across the city.
Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “Prior to the pandemic the city was undergoing the most significant economic transformation for more than 30 years, outstripping other parts of the UK in terms of economic growth, job creation and innovation. Our focus as a council is to ensure our economy rebounds and housing will play an important role in this recovery.
“Our latest housing strategy outlines our ambitious plans to meet the changing needs of our residents over the next five years. We intend to build on our recent successes by having the necessary framework in place to improve our housing offer, provide high quality places to live and attract further investment in the city. This is about ensuring residents have the right choice of housing for every stage of their life, and creating a real step change in the city’s housing offer.”
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