New strategy puts housing at its heart
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South Gloucestershire has a vibrant mix of urban communities, beautiful countryside, market towns, small villages and areas of substantial growth. Its convenient location in the West Country makes it an extremely popular place to live and we need to plan ahead to manage the need for growth.
The strategy looks at how we will tackle housing provision from 2013 to 2018 and focuses on four key themes: housing and the economy, our health, our communities and our place. It has been put together following an extensive public consultation with local community and voluntary groups, residents; housing associations; developers; planning agents and private landlords.
During the official launch at the Kingswood Civic Centre, Cllr Pat Apps, Adults & Housing Committee lead member, said: “In South Gloucestershire, we recognise that housing is far more than just a roof over our heads; it is a fundamental part of everyone’s life and has an impact on our health and wellbeing, sense of belonging, economic prosperity and our children’s educational attainment. This is not just the council’s strategy, it is a strategy for the people of South Gloucestershire.
“We want everyone to be able to live in a good quality home that meets their needs and which is affordable. We will work with partners to bring empty properties back into use and build strong communities which our residents can be proud to live in.”
Simon Parks, director of CJH, a development and land agency is also Joint Chair of the Strategic Housing Partnership for South Gloucestershire. He attended the event along with Lorraine Woolston, Head of Neighbourhoods at Curo who also jointly chairs the Strategic Housing Partnership. They helped shape the strategy.
A copy of the Housing Strategy is available on our website at www.southglos.gov.uk/housingstrategy
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