Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been named Council of the Year for its strategic approach towards housing.
The authority was declared the winner at the UK Housing Awards 2019.
These prestigious awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing, showcase the very best the housing sector has to offer.
Stoke-on-Trent was up against six other authorities, but was selected because of its innovative and strategic approach to regenerate the city by showing leadership through a wide range of approaches. This included building homes either directly, in partnership with private developers or acting as an enabler to deliver homes for people at all stages of their lives – including regenerating areas of the city.
Judges also noted the authority’s focus on creating jobs and growth, plus income-generating initiatives to help frontline services. This involved working closely with a number of partners and agencies – both nationally and locally.
The authority was commended for a number of initiatives, including:
- Its rapidly growing housing market, with £199.8m being invested overall.
- Its commitment to building more social housing.
- Its ambitious programme of masterplanning and regeneration, especially with the Bucknall New Road city centre housing estate – supported by institutional investor Cheyne and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
- Its aim to provide a quality home for every stage of life, and its plans to deliver more than 4,500 new homes by 2025.
- Its development of the Smithfield site, including a market rent build by the council’s housing company Fortior Homes – providing a key boost for local businesses and creating increased footfall in the city centre.
- Its commitment to preventing homelessness and eradicating rough sleeping.
A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this fantastic award. It demonstrates the huge amount of work that is being done in housing to make Stoke-on-Trent a place that people want to call their home.
“We have an extensive programme of work taking place across the city to make sure we are providing quality homes for people at every stage of life.
“This strategy is supporting the local economy, supporting our residents and supporting the transformation of our city.”
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