This Report reflects the Council’s commitment to increase housing supply both in the private sector and in public housing, which is consistent with Government policy, and is a key challenge facing this Council.
In addressing private housing provision, the Report recognises that to maintain the population growth rate anticipated for the County, there is a need for circa 3,300 units per annum. To address this issue will require significant investment in infrastructure to support housing development and in advancing the Cherrywood SDZ, which the Council is actively progressing.
The Governments social housing targets for dlr from 2015 to 2017 is 681 units. There has been good movement on delivery. Currently there are 53 social housing units on site to be completed mid to end of 2016 and 149 units that have planning approval and a funding mechanism. Over 500 housing units will also be delivered using the rapid delivery mechanism, under Part V, through Approved Housing Bodies, acquisitions, leasing and Rental Accommodation Schemes.
Some national solutions have progressed such as the recently established Infrastructure Fund, solutions around the planning process are being discussed at Government level and Council own sites may be used to kick-start the provision of an affordable housing model for the County.
Addressing housing supply is multi-faceted and complex requiring progress across a number of areas namely funding, planning, infrastructure to support development and construction.
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