A ten year plan which outlines how Dudley Council will manage the homes it owns as well as continue to build more will go before Dudley Council’s cabinet next week.
At its meeting on October 31, members will be asked to approve a housing asset management strategy, which outlines how the council will manage and maintain its homes within communities across Dudley borough and how it will meet the increasing demand for social housing.
The strategy looks at how the council will narrow the gap between the demand and supply of social housing and how it can ensure existing stock remains fit for purpose.
It addresses the challenges of how to maximise the use of available resources to invest in our tenant’s homes, so that we can maintain as many homes as possible to a good standard over the next 30 years.
It sets out a number of priorities, which includes providing quality affordable housing, managing the stock to ensure future viability, regenerating communities and estates and providing more affordable housing to meet the diverse and growing housing needs
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, communities and resident’s welfare, said:
It’s essential we plan for the future and think about how we can manage our homes to best suit the needs of local people. A lot of work has been carried out in the last few years to get us to this point and to underpin the principles of this strategy and embed them within the authority.
We’ve already successfully remodelled two of our sheltered housing schemes thanks to government investment.
We’ve also built hundreds of new council homes and received income in the region of £4million for the disposal of 44 homes that were too costly for us to bring back up to a decent standard. This investment can be ploughed into building more affordable homes, which we know suit the growing needs of Dudley’s population.