Help shape the future of housing in the Borough by having your say on our consultation about the strategic housing priorities for Spelthorne. The consultation can be found on our website at consult.spelthorne.gov.uk, is open now and closes on Sunday 11 August.
Over the next five years, we propose to focus on four key areas:
House prices and private rents are beyond the reach of many, so by working with the Council's wholly owned company, Knowle Green Estates, we can provide much needed affordable homes and deliver a wide range of tenure options that meet the needs of Spelthorne residents. To further this, we will ensure that agreements with private developers give the Council first refusal on any sale of affordable housing locally, bring empty homes back in to use and ensure that local households in housing need are prioritised for new schemes. With an ageing population, we want to support people to remain living independently in their own homes rather than moving to residential care. To achieve this, we will review the provision of supported housing, Extra Care facilities, Spelthorne Personal Alarm Network and promote the Disabled Facilities Grant service. By working with partner agencies and housing providers, we can support hospital discharge programmes, to reduce avoidable hospital re-admissions.
Growing rents, house prices and a limited supply of affordable housing stock means homelessness is a significant issue for Spelthorne. We will be working to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping by reviewing our Homelessness Strategy and developing our service offer to those who are single, childless or have complex needs. By working with care agencies, social housing providers, private sector landlords and Surrey County Council, we can make the best use of housing stock.
Cllr Maureen Attewell, Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing and Housing, said: "The needs of our residents are our top priority. Making sure our residents have access to more affordable homes and a range of tenure options is key to this. We need to provide housing for a variety of reasons and to cater for all sectors of our community. People never know when they might find themselves in housing need. These priorities and ways to achieve them are important steps in meeting the needs of those requiring housing-related support."
Further information on our current housing strategy can be found at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/17180/Housing-Strategy