Tell us what you think about housing!

Release date: 22 April 2016

Cotswold District Council wants to know what the public thinks about its new draft housing policy document, which includes the authority’s strategic priorities for the next four years until 2020.  Members of the public, organisations and partners will soon be invited to submit comments on all sections of the draft plan. The consultation period begins on Tuesday 3 May and the deadline for responses is 5 pm on Tuesday 14 June.

The draft plan contains six main objectives:

- Understanding the Cotswold housing market area.

- Increasing the supply and access to all tenures of housing.

- Developing thriving, sustainable communities.

- Providing housing for our most vulnerable residents.

- Making best use of the existing stock.

- Prevent and respond to homelessness.

Commenting on the consultation period, the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, Cllr Sue Jepson, said:

“Where people live is of huge importance to their wellbeing. This Plan is key to ensuring  that the range – and affordability - of housing in the Cotswolds contributes to a good quality of life, and also supports local communities and the economy.

“The national housing environment is changing rapidly and this needs to be reflected locally.  That is why the Action Plan, which is included in the document, relates to the first two years of the Housing Plan period and will be reviewed regularly.

“We want to hear views about this draft plan from all sections of the local community including residents, partners and businesses. It would also be extremely useful to receive information or suggestions about alternative or additional ways to address the issues.”

She continued:

“We intend to hold two public ‘drop in’ events during the week commencing 23 May 2016, enabling people to discuss the proposals with housing officers. Further details will be posted on our website shortly.”

To make public consultation easier, from 3 May onwards the draft plan document and an online response form will be available to download on the Council Website at www.cotswold.gov.uk  (search on ‘Consultations’).  Members of the public will be invited to submit their views and comments using an online form which contains a list of general consultation questions about the Housing Plan. The form can be submitted electronically or by post.

Anyone wishing to see a paper copy of the consultation document, can visit the Council offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester or the Moreton Area Centre during their normal opening hours. Paper copies of the consultation response form will also be available at those locations.

The Council has a responsibility to consider the environment and will be limiting the number of printed copies of the draft plan.  However, for those experiencing particular difficulties accessing the document, for example if it is required in a format such as Braille, large print or in another language, please contact housing-strategy@cotswold.gov.uk.

For any help or information about the forthcoming consultation procedure, please contact housing-strategy@cotswold.gov.uk.

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Cotswold District Council
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