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Housing strategy continues commitment to new homes

Published Monday, 04 September 2017

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Our key housing strategy for the next five years has been agreed.

And one of its main priorities is to deliver on the council’s commitment to build 1000 new council homes.

The Local Housing Strategy 2017-2022 sets out nine outcomes which cover housing supply, quality and energy efficiency, supporting independent living, addressing and preventing homelessness and promoting sustainable places.

Councillor Josh Wilson, the chair of the council’s Housing and Technical Resources Committee, said: “This strategy is absolutely vital to delivering the council’s housing priorities. It is aspirational, ambitious and puts a number of our administrations commitments into action.

“It commits us to ensuring there is a clear focus on regeneration, to creating more successful and sustainable communities, to developing housing for older people which meets their needs, to reviewing the council’s programme of buying back into council ownership properties sold under Right to Buy and puts targets on increasing the number of accredited private landlords in South Lanarkshire.

“I am also pleased to reaffirm the council’s commitment to build 1000 new homes by 2021/2022 – but that is not the limit of our ambitions.

“The level of housing need in South Lanarkshire and the service pressure which exists mean we need to continue to identify further opportunities to deliver affordable new homes.

“I am delighted to welcome this document and look forward to working with communities across South Lanarkshire to make our plan a reality.”

The strategy was developed following extensive consultation and engagement with communities.

Daniel Lowe, the Executive Director of Housing and Technical Resources,  said: “This exciting new strategy provides a clear framework for the council and our partners as we look to deliver on our objectives of suitable, affordable and sustainable homes.”