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Babergh launches public consultation on new strategic plan for housing and homelessness reduction

Babergh District Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (5196782)
Babergh District Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (5196782)

New strategic plans for the future of housing and homelessness prevention in Babergh have been unveiled, with residents encouraged to provide their views on both documents.

Babergh District Councils has launched a public consultation on its new draft homes strategy and homelessness reduction strategy, which have been developed following a number of consultation events with its partners earlier this year.

The council has collaborated with its counterpart in Mid Suffolk on a homes strategy, which outlines how the two authorities aim to boost the number of new homes being delivered across the districts between 2019 and 2024, as well as increasing housing options for older households and those requiring accessible properties.

They have also published a homelessness strategy for the same time period, detailing how the councils plan to decrease homelessness and how they will support the most vulnerable residents in the area.

Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The demand for houses in our district, and across the whole country, continues to grow.

“We need to make sure that we don’t just build sufficient houses, but the right ones.

“We need to get these strategies right to deliver those new homes, and this is the chance for people across our district to show us what changes and approaches are required.”

A spokesman for Babergh District Council added that public feedback would inform what amendments are made to the plans, which go before the full council in February.

Both strategy documents can be viewed online by going to www.babergh.gov.uk/housing/homes-strategy.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 7.


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