Coming up with new homes that people can buy and start tackling what one advisor called the ‘Victorian’ housing conditions some tenants lived in are also part of the reasons why Calderdale’s housing strategy should be. adopted, the Calderdale council office said.
They agreed to recommend that the entire Calderdale Council endorse and adopt the strategy.
Councilor Scott Patient (Lab, Luddenden Foot), a cabinet member for Climate Change and Resilience, who includes the housing portfolio, said a policy was long overdue and would work alongside the local district plan if it was approved.
âA safe home is a basic human need – Calderdale council has a role to play in meeting that need,â he said, not alone, but with housing associations and other real estate developers.
The policy would also help help Calderdale tackle the climate crisis and reduce inequality, Coun Patient said.
Councilor Jenny Lynn (Lab, Park), cabinet member for utilities and communities, said housing was a critical issue in her own neighborhood and, as an example, on the day of the meeting, three voters contacted her in “desperate need” for a home.
It could take two, three or four years to relocate a family, she said, with people living in overcrowded situations and conditions in rented accommodation were in some cases poor.
âIt is an absolute disgrace and there are many houses in Calderdale where we could have found similar conditions in Victorian England.
âI welcome anything that can be done to try to expand the park, especially the social housing sector.
âWe want to provide homes that people can buy and come and live in Calderdale, but we also want to tackle some of the Victorian conditions that some of our residents still live in,â she said.
Con Patient said the policy should address the needs of the homeless, the elderly and those with disabilities.
Chairing the meeting, Deputy Head of Council Councilor Jane Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot) said another goal was to see sites with building permits actually developed.
“We would very much like the powers of government to put them in place,” she said.
Councilor Steven Leigh (Con, Ryburn) and Councilor James Baker (Lib Dem, Warley) were invited to speak and Councilor Leigh said the local plan was not a panacea, so policy was needed to accompany him.
Councilor Baker said reallocating old buildings to use brownfields rather than less suitable greenbelt sites should be a priority.
The Cabinet also agreed to continue to work in partnership with Together Housing to address housing needs, reviewing the targets and aligning them with those set by the new West Yorkshire Metro Mayor, Tracy Brabin.
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