The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Integration and Transformation presented the report of the Director: Housing, Employment & Infrastructure.
Housing was a major contributor to good health and well-being. It was also the foundation upon which individuals can achieve quality of life and maintain healthy ageing. The Council’s vision was of homes and communities that were inclusive, offering people places to live that met their needs and provided them with independence, choice and control over their lives.
The report sought to drive developers to provide homes fit for those with specialist requirements and it set out how the Council would work with developers.
Telford & Wrekin Council was amongst the first to adopt a comprehensive planning document of the kind presented and had already led a number of innovative projects in the area.
The Council had an excellent record of delivering affordable housing in the Borough, consistently meeting its affordable housing target with 30% of all new homes in the Borough being available for affordable rent, social rent or shared ownership.
More was required from government to meet the transformation required in housing but until that point, the Council would do what it could to provide for the Borough.
Cabinet Members welcomed the report noting, in particular, the impact of housing on health inequalities and the need to address the issue directly.
The Leaders of the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat groups welcomed the report.
RESOLVED – that Cabinet approve the use of the Homes for All Supplementary Planning Document for use in determining planning applications within the Borough of Telford & Wrekin.