Slough Borough Council has launched two public consultations – one on the draft housing strategy, which identifies the council’s housing priorities for the next five years, and another on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) business plan, which considers how the council might best invest the rental income it generates over the next 30 years.
The draft housing strategy has been developed alongside the new Local Plan to 2036 and is broken down into five key themes that reflect the council’s desire to ensure everyone has access to a decent quality, affordable home.
Priorities include ensuring there is the right supply and mix of new and affordable homes, that there are enough good quality private rental homes, and that all council homes are maintained to a high standard.
The consultation closes on Friday 17 February.
A final draft of the plan, which will take into consideration the views of residents, is expected to go before the council’s Cabinet for approval in February.
The HRA business plan consultation, which is separate from the housing strategy consultation, is aimed at the council’s existing tenants and leaseholders.
The plan sets out the risks to the HRA over the next few years and puts forward five potential priorities, including spending £40 million over the next four years to build new, affordable, homes. The closing date for the HRA consultation is Tuesday 31 January.
Councillor Zaffar Ajaib, commissioner for housing and urban renewal, said: “Housing has been in the news on and off for the past few years, but right now it has become one of the most important issues both nationally and locally.
“We are committed to delivering great housing in Slough and we’d like residents to help us shape our plans.”