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Housing is a top priority for North Norfolk District Council - Corporate Plan 2019 to 2023. The council’s new Housing Strategy will build on the work done to provide more housing and improve housing conditions in the district. Achievements include.
- Fourteen homes for use as temporary housing for homeless households and people at risk of rough sleeping. These make the council less dependent on Bed and Breakfast accommodation which is both expensive to provide and unsuitable for long-term occupation.
- The delivery of the first new Extra Care housing scheme in Fakenham. This provides self-contained flats with on-site support to enable older residents to continue to live independently.
- Overall delivery of new homes above target over the last 3-years meaning NNDC has met our Housing Delivery Test and a pipeline of new affordable homes in the district – 108 in 2020/21 and 183 projected for 2021/22.
The council’s new Housing Strategy has been developed with extensive involvement from stakeholders - people and organisations with knowledge of housing in the district. Its four themes focus on the major challenges facing housing in the district:
- Increasing the supply of homes with enough homes to meet the needs of local residents.
- Improving housing conditions in the private sector – thereby reducing fuel poverty and helping to reduce carbon emissions.
- Making the best use of existing homes includes ensuring affordable homes are allocated fairly and encouraging landlords to let homes for market rent.
- Supporting vulnerable residents to live in their homes or move to a home more suited to their needs.
Cllr. Wendy Fredericks, Cabinet member for Housing and Benefits, said ‘ This is an ambitious strategy to help deliver the council’s priorities for housing in North Norfolk. We know we have the support of stakeholders including; local property developers, parish and town councils, local landlords, housing associations and community groups, and I look forward to working with these stakeholders to deliver our new Housing Strategy.’