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Still time to have your say on borough’s housing and homelessness plan

Release Date: 25 November 2020

Final call to have your say on the Council’s plans to address housing need and homelessness in the borough for the next five years.

A four-week consultation into the Council’s draft Housing and Homelessness Strategy began on Monday 9 November and will close on Monday 7 December 2020. 

The strategy aims to ensure that current and future housing needs of the borough are met and sets out how the Council plans to do this. It looks at:

  • Addressing housing market pressures, preventing homelessness and increasing housing options: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021-2026
  • Increasing delivery of affordable homes; new supply, and redevelopment of existing social housing stock
  • Ensuring good quality homes; providing choice, standards and quality for renters
  • Supporting the needs of vulnerable residents, working with care and support services to provide quality housing options

Cllr Liz Jaeger, Vice-chair of Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee, said:

"We are committed to preventing homelessness wherever possible by helping people remain in their homes or securing alternative suitable accommodation. 

"At the same time, we acknowledge the local challenges when it comes to housing affordability with high land values and protected open space contributing to high house prices. That's why we are determined to use Council-owned sites where we can to increase the supply of affordable homes in the borough. 

"But, now we need your help. Help us develop our plan for local people who have a housing need. Have your say before the consultation deadline.” 

The consultation closes on Monday 7 December 2020. You can read the draft Strategy and have your say or alternatively you can email consultation@richmond.gov.uk for a paper copy of the Strategy and questionnaire. 

Notes for editors

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Reference: P469/20

Updated: 24 March 2021