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Four-year plan to tackle borough's housing challenges revealed

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing

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Richmond Council has set out its plans to tackle the borough's housing challenges in a four-year strategy.

The council’s Housing Strategy 2013-17 addresses the need to ensure that affordable housing is high quality and well-designed. It also highlights the concerns of residents who are unable to get their foot on the property ladder, and aims to provide shared ownership opportunities for people wanting to buy their first homes.

The council says its goals will be achieved by working in partnership with social landlords in the borough, the Mayor of London, central government and the private and public sector.

Approved by the council's cabinet last week, a strong focus of the strategy is to help vulnerable residents, such as those who use the council’s learning disability service, to live independent and fulfilling lives by further developing supported housing.

To help the borough’s older and more vulnerable residents who wish to continue to live in their own homes, grants will be given to disabled households on low incomes. This could include an older person’s home being fitted with a stair-lift or a specially adapted shower.

Clampdowns on tenancy fraud and anti-social behaviour are also outlined. 

Between April 2006 and March 2010, 394 new affordable homes and ‘purchase and repair’ homes were built in the borough. On a ‘like for like’ basis, from April 2010 to March 2014 the council will have delivered 433 homes. 

Cabinet member for housing cllr David Marlow said: “Ensuring that registered social landlords provide good quality affordable homes and protecting our most vulnerable residents is at the heart of the council’s housing strategy. By working closely with the private and public sectors, the London Mayor, as well as central government, we can tackle the borough’s housing needs. We will always do what we can to help our most vulnerable residents which is why helping elderly and disabled residents to continue to live independently within our community forms a major part of this four-year strategy.”

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