The Head of Planning submitted a report that sought approval to consult on the Middlesbrough Housing Strategy - Public Consultation Draft.
The Mayors Vision and the Councils Strategic Plan included a number of housing related priorities. Perhaps the most significant was the preparation of the statutory Local Plan.
It was imperative that the Local Plan was informed and supported by an agreed strategic housing vision and priorities. The fact that the Council did not have an up to date Housing Strategy to inform the current Housing Local Plan was highlighted as a significant concern during the Planning Inspectors examination in 2014, and it was considered critical to the successful examination and adoption of the Middlesbrough Local Plan that this matter was addressed.
The draft Housing Strategy was appended to the submitted report at Appendix 1. The strategy aimed to deliver investment in new and existing homes and neighbourhoods in order to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of Middlesbroughs communities, help people live healthier and happier lives, drive and support economic growth and mitigate public service challenges and costs.
The proposed draft strategy had three key objectives:
Meet the housing needs and aspirations of a growing population.
Improve the life opportunities of residents in areas of poor quality housing and deprivation.
Address the pressures of an ageing population and support vulnerable people to live independent lives for as long as possible.
A six-week public consultation was proposed which would commence following Executive Member approval of the draft.
Following the consultation, the comments received would be taken into consideration in finalising the Housing Strategy, which would be brought to a future meeting of the Executive for adoption.
Option 1 - Prepare the Middlesbrough Housing Strategy - Public Consultation Draft
Preparation of the Housing Strategy allowed the Council to clearly set out its vision and priorities for housing for the period 2017 - 2020. The Pubic Consultation Draft provided the opportunity for residents and stakeholders to provide their comments on the document.
Option 2 - Do not prepare the Middlesbrough Housing Strategy - Public Consultation Draft
If the Housing Strategy was not prepared, then the Councils vision and priorities for housing would not be set out in a document or subject to public consultation.
That, for consultation, the Middlesbrough Housing Strategy - Public Consultation Draft be approved.
The Middlesbrough Housing Strategy would be an important policy document that sets out the housing vision and priorities of the Council. The Public Consultation Draft provided the opportunity for residents and stakeholders to make comments on the strategy.