Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has approved a new Housing Strategy for the borough.
Knowsley’s Housing Strategy for 2022-2027 builds on the success of the previous Housing Strategy (2016-21) and responds to the current and emerging housing opportunities and issues.
The Housing Strategy will play a key role in supporting the overarching Council objectives set out within the Knowsley Council Plan, the Knowsley 2030 Strategy, the Local Plan, and the Council’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
The draft Housing Strategy sets out five key priorities:
- Making places the best they can be
- Promoting choice and affordability
- Extending opportunities for local people
- Improving the quality of current homes to promote good health and wellbeing
- Promoting independent living
During the five-year period of the Strategy, it is anticipated that between 2,500 and 3,500 new homes will be developed, generating further revenue to be reinvested in key services.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Four thousand high quality new homes have been delivered in Knowsley during the past five years including 1,000 affordable homes and thousands more will be developed over the next five years. This is increasing choice for people, making more affordable options available and also helping to attract new residents to the borough, which is crucial for the borough’s economy, generating more revenue for us to invest in key services.”
The development of the new Housing Strategy has included extensive stakeholder engagement. A Housing Needs Assessment involved a survey which was sent to 36,000 households across the Borough in autumn 2020 and generated 2,820 responses.
A further consultation with partner agencies, stakeholders, and the public was undertaken up to the beginning of January 2022. The consultation received a positive response which confirmed support for the proposed Housing Strategy’s overall vision, key priorities, and themes.
The Strategy will now be presented to full Council for final approval.