Oldham housing plan targets new investment models

Oldham Council is set to approve the borough's three year housing strategy at a cabinet meeting next week.

On Monday 30 March councillors will discuss the document which sets out how the local authority and its partners will ensure that the housing needs of residents are identified and supported.

The strategy is based around the themes of increasing the quantity and quality of homes, improving neighbourhoods and the building of healthy homes and stronger communities.

In the strategy document to be presented to the cabinet, the priorities are to:

  • Deliver the objectives set out in Oldham's Residential Development Framework, which includes using council land and skills to provide over 1,000 aspirational homes in the next five years
  • Deliver new models of investment including private rented new-build, custom and self-build homes
  • Work with partners to provide affordable and supported housing as required

This will be achieved in the next three years by:

  • Working with developers to encourage the development of higher value homes
  • Establishing new ways of development using council land including support for privately rented new builds, self-build and custom build homes
  • Working with registered providers to build approximately 80 – 100 new build homes per annum for affordable rent
  • Obtaining investor partnership status to enable more funding opportunities for new builds
  • Working with partners to develop a purpose built project to enable tenants to live in a safer environment

Cllr Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, planning and transport, said: "The new housing strategy clearly sets out our vision and priorities for the next three years.

"We believe our housing offer has a crucial role in the economic regeneration of our borough.

"We want to work with our partners and residents to improve the quantity, quality and access to housing in Oldham, ensuring the borough is a great place to live, work and invest."

If approved, the council's new housing strategy will be published online at the council's website www.oldham.gov.uk from 1 April.

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