New housing plan for the district
A three-year plan to deliver high quality housing for residents and new standards for privately rented properties is to be discussed at Wakefield Council's next Cabinet meeting.
Leading councillors meeting on June 11, will be asked to endorse the district's new housing plan for 2019- 2022.
The aim is to ensure the Council is well placed to provide homes that meet people's needs, whilst maximising opportunities for housing to stimulate economic growth and drive regeneration in the district.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "Everyone deserves to live in a warm and comfortable home where they feel safe and secure.
"The new housing plan will support the lives of individuals, communities and support our local economy whilst creating jobs and opportunities.
"We aware of the impact on existing residents of the building works and are working hard to mitigate the impact, whilst balancing the benefits of sustainable economic and residential growth in our district."
The goal is to also raise housing standards to help increase people's health and wellbeing and support vibrant and resilient communities. The plan will build on the previous housing plan. Between 2013 and 2018, more than 6,600 new homes were built in Wakefield of which 1,396 were affordable homes. It also included 700 new homes in regeneration sites at Girnhill, Frickley, Fryston, South Elmsall and Fitzwilliam.
City Fields housing is now underway with the development offering 2,600 high quality homes and designed to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.
In the last five years almost 300 homes in the district were made warmer, with energy efficiency improvements and more than 130 households are no longer in fuel-poverty thanks to the measures.
The district's new economic plan is to make the most of Wakefield's cultural and creative strengths to bring new companies that complement the existing businesses in the area – with millions of pounds invested to create good quality employment at all levels for all residents.
The plan, aims to boost economic growth and help local businesses to thrive – while making sure local people benefit from the opportunities this brings. This in turn will help to tackle poverty in the district, therefore reducing the reliance on public services and other forms of social support, and boosting standards of living for everyone across the district.
At the meeting Councillors will also consider a report highlighting ongoing work to improve living conditions and management standards for privately rented homes. This includes initiatives such the Wakefield Responsible Landlord, responding to complaints from tenants and supporting landlords to improve housing conditions for tenants and bring empty properties back into use.