East Dunbartonshire Council unveils new Local Housing Strategy
East Dunbartonshire Council has launched its new Local Housing Strategy (LHS) which will work towards directing housing investment and developing housing services across the locality over the next five years.
The Strategy, which will cover the period 2017-2022, has been produced in partnership with tenants, residents, registered social landlords, elected members, service providers and other statutory bodies.
The purpose of the Strategy is to address the key housing challenges faced by the council and sets out five strategic priorities:
- Enable a suitable, efficient and affordable supply of housing
- Enhance the role of housing options in preventing homelessness
- Encourage independent living
- Address housing condition, fuel poverty and regeneration
- Improve service delivery, quality and value for money
Thomas Glen, depute chief executive - place, neighbourhood & corporate assets at East Dunbartonshire Council, highlighted the importance of the strategy for the area.
He said: “This is the third local housing strategy for East Dunbartonshire. It builds on the progress and outcomes of previous strategies and reflects the new and emerging challenges that influence the housing context both at a local and national level.
“This strategy lays out East Dunbartonshire’s priorities in relation to housing for the next five years. It sets out how the council and its partners will address imbalances in the local system and how we deal with housing need and demand in the area. It also looks at how and where money is invested to improve housing services.
“These are all important issues and there were significant contributions from tenants and others to develop the strategy to make sure it is the right one for the area.
“Our ultimate aim is to ensure everyone in East Dunbartonshire has access to affordable, suitable, good quality housing and this strategy plays a vital part in helping us achieve that.”