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Kirklees Cabinet: ‘Lets think about where we build new homes’

A PLAN to tackle housing issues were backed.

A PLAN to tackle housing issues were backed.

The Cabinet says it will aim to deal with the lack of affordable homes between now and 2016 as they approved the new Housing Commissioning Strategy. It still needs the approval of Full Council next month.

Clr Jean Calvert, Ashbrow ward member, asked for consideration to be given to location, adding: “There needs to be a lot of thought about different areas where housing is supplied.

“Deighton ward had 4,000 houses flood the market.

“We understand the impact on schools and health centres, I just don’t want to set up these affordable homes in one area and it flood the market and be unsustainable.

“Lets make sure there’s forethought about where we are going to build homes.”

The Examiner reported earlier this week that an above average number of households on low incomes is making the issue of affordable housing “challenging”.

Among the initiatives they backed is continuing the Empty Homes Strategy to bring properties back into use and the Homes for Life programme, which provides accommodation for people who need care and support.

Later this year the council will also create a market brief for developers, setting out their affordable housing requirements and housing need for an aging population and acceptable standards.

The council says it will also aim to secure 40% of affordable housing accommodation on new sites given planning consent.

 

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