Glasgow City Council is set to launch a new housing strategy which will outline the council's aims and aspirations for housing in the city over the next four years.
To be unveiled at the Chartered Institute of Housing's Annual Conference today (Tuesday 13th March), the document provides the city's broad strategic housing framework until 2016. The aim of the strategy is to help people to access a range of good quality, environmentally sustainable homes across all tenures and at all market levels.
The strategy has been shaped by the difficult economic conditions and the limited resources available. Glasgow's Housing Strategy recognises these challenges and is intent on meeting them. A series of proposed actions and improvements that the council and its partners will take forward are highlighted in the strategy document.
These specific actions include a wide range of measures on affordable warmth, homelessness, housing support and private housing such as:-
- Provide all unintentionally homeless households with settled accommodation by December 2012 and from October 2012 all applicants who have been assessed as homeless will be deemed to have a priority need.
- Deliver 700 new quality family homes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village.
- Achieve the Scottish Housing Quality Standard for all social rented homes by 2015.
- Work towards zero carbon standards and eradicate fuel poverty in existing housing through investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and appropriate advice
- Work with partners and the Scottish Government to improve the practice of poorly performing Landlords and Letting Agents.
A spokesman for the council said:
"Meeting the housing needs and demands of households in the city is reliant on achieving a sustainable mix of good quality houses of different sizes, and types in both the existing and new build stock.
"Regenerating the city is essential to improving the well being of our citizens, not only in terms of the physical quality of the housing and the environment they live in, but also in improving their overall quality of life.
"There is undoubtedly a huge amount of work to be undertaken to meet the aims of the new strategy. But we now have a clear plan to follow and that's exactly what we will be doing over the next four years."
Glasgow City Council consulted widely on a draft housing strategy for 2011/12 to 2015/16 between September and November last year. The finalised version of the strategy can be viewed HERE