This is how you can help shape the future of housing in the Stroud district
Published: Wednesday, 24 April, 2019
Residents have one more week to give their views on how the council approaches homelessness, housing for older people and its obligations as a social landlord.
Stroud District Council’s Housing Strategy sets out the council’s plans to deliver housing and related services for the next five years.
The district is home to more than 118,000 residents, a number which is predicted to grow by 18,000 over the next 22 years.
The consultation document acknowledges that the condition, availability and affordability of housing plays a vital role in the overall health of the whole district, and pledges that the provision of decent and affordable housing is a key priority for the council.
There is also the chance to comment on Gloucestershire Rural Community Council’s scoping paper that addresses Community-Led Housing in the district which involves local people playing a leading role in solving housing problems and creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities.
Pippa Stroud, Stroud District Council’s Policy Implementation Manager said:
"Housing is an issue that affects everyone in the district, and our challenge as a council is to target our resources to the greatest effect to support our communities. It’s really important that as many people as possible have their say via the online survey, and help to shape our strategy."
Stroud District Council is the only local authority in Gloucestershire to manage its own council housing stock, of 5,100 homes, and is coming to the end of a four year council house building programme to build 236 new council homes. It also works with social landlords, community groups and developers to create new homes.
It is also currently in the process of developing the Local Plan to meet a minimum Government target of an additional 12,800 homes in the district from 2020 to 2040. Some 5,800 of those have already received permission.
The consultation runs until Thursday 2nd May and all the details and a link to the online survey can be found at www.stroud.gov.uk/drafthousingstrategy