The Humber Housing Partnership has produced a sub regional housing strategy which is currently out for consultation until the end of November. The partnership comprises the four local authorities (East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North and North East Lincolnshire ), Housing Associations, Gateway Pathfinder, Private Sector, Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council and representatives from a number of regional bodies .
The Strategy, which runs from 2009 – 2019, sets out a framework for housing investment in the Humber. The strategy is very closely linked to other investment plans relating to economic development, planning and transport. The overarching vision for housing in the Humber is that there should be more balanced housing markets where local residents have access to a wide range of high quality affordable homes with related support contributing to the overall economic prosperity of the area. To achieve this it sets three strategic priorities:
Creating more balanced housing markets;
Providing high quality homes and;
Meeting diverse housing needs.
Key areas of activity in East Riding over the period of the strategy wiill include the need to build more houses in sustainable locations and to ensure in particular that more of these are genuinely affordable. The strategy will also promote further housing led regeneration in parts of Goole and subsequently in parts of both Bridlington and Withernsea. There will be a focus on improving the quality of existing housing and in particular where this improves living conditions for more vulnerable households. Key to this will be the need to tackle fuel poverty through interventions such as new central heating systems and other energy efficiency measures.
If you are interested in finding out more about what the strategy says, you can view a copy on the Humber Economic Partnership website (www.humberep.co.uk). There will also be a questionairre available on this site which can be used to provide any views. These should then be sent to Housing.Strategy@eastriding.gov.uk by Monday 30th November. If you need any further information on this issue, please call 01482 396111.Hu17.net - It's all about Beverley