WEST Lancashire Borough Council has released a draft housing strategy which aims to provide good quality housing.
The scheme wants to meet people’s changing needs while creating safe and sustainable communities.
The draft aims to provide an overview of issues such as housing conditions. The needs of vulnerable groups and establishing priorities for action and spending are also part of the document, which sets out the key housing objectives for the authority and its partners.
Reviving the Firbeck estate and continuing a revival of all the estates in Skelmersdale is one of the council’s key aims.
The report also identifies that buying a home in West Lancashire is relatively expensive and the council is keen to alleviate this by creating more affordable housing to attract young, working families to the area.
Cllr Val Hopley, portfolio holder for landlord services and human resources, said: “We held an initial public and stakeholder consultation from late 2012 to early 2013 to help us establish the right direction and promised that we would go back out to consultation when the draft housing strategy had been produced.
“I would encourage residents and stakeholders to review our strategy and provide feedback to the council.
“A detailed action plan will be developed following the consultation period which will be framed around the housing delivery objectives.”
The council is inviting residents and other interested parties to review the draft as part of a public consultation process which closes on 28 February 2014.
A copy of the draft housing strategy and a short consultation questionnaire is available on the website www.westlancs.gov.uk/HousingStrategy.