Affordable, decent housing
For all of us, a safe place to call home is the cornerstone of our lives. But for too many people, home ownership remains unaffordable, or private rented accommodation creates uncertainty.
We have already set out one of the most ambitious council home building programmes in the country, and over the next four years we will go further. Labour councillors want to ensure that our communities encourage residents to live side-by-side, and where people can stay in those communities throughout their lives if they choose to do so.
- We will build or buy 1,000 new council properties for local people between 2018 and 2026, the biggest council home building programme in the borough for a generation. These will include properties for single people, specialist housing, and bungalows suitable for older people. Through our local connections allocations policy, we prioritise local people for council housing.
- We will increase the supply of shared ownership homes, helping people on lower incomes to get a foothold on the housing ladder if they choose to.
- We are piloting modern methods of construction homes – the 21st century modern version of prefabs – as a way of creating new types of homes and new economic opportunities around their construction.
- We will continue to use Selective Licensing to regulate private rented properties where necessary. This has already demonstrated improvements in parts of Dinnington, Eastwood, Masbrough and Maltby, bring hundreds of sub-standard properties up to a safe habitable condition. We are now rolling it out further into Parkgate and Thurcroft.