Shape future of social housing

HIGH Peak residents and community organisations have the chance to shape important blueprints for better housing services.

A draft Tenancy Strategy which guides social housing providers on delivering decent, affordable homes, and sets out what the local authority will do to meet people’s housing needs, has been published by High Peak Borough Council.

It makes recommendations to providers on issues including affordable rents, property conversions and fixed-term tenancies and commits the council to the continuation of an open waiting list which allows the majority of people to apply for social housing.

Now, people can have their say on the proposed strategy by visiting www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/council-services/affordable-housing/tenancy-strategy-consultation, downloading the consultation questions and e-mailing their responses to kate.hall@highpeak.gov.uk.

Alternatively, consultees can get involved by writing to Kate, in the housing strategy team, at High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EL.

Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services, said: “We’re keen to give local people a say on the strategy. By answering the questions in the consultation document, residents and organisations will be helping us achieve our vision of decent, affordable housing for everyone in High Peak.”

The consultation started on Monday, April 2 and runs until 5pm on Thursday April 19.

The questions are aimed specifically at resident and tenants’ groups, individual tenants and people on the housing waiting list. The council also wants to hear from registered social housing providers, voluntary and community organisations, and charities and non-statutory agencies providing housing or housing-related support.

For more information, e-mail Kate or call 0845 129 7777 ext. 4619.