Have your say on housing plans for Hartlepool

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Residents are being urged to have their say on the future housing needs of Hartlepool.

There are only a few weeks left for people to have their say on the first draft of a document which sets out how the Hartlepool Borough Council and its partners will work together to meet the housing needs of people living in the town.

Following consultation, which took place between September 2014 and January 2015, a draft Housing Strategy for 2015 – 2020 has been prepared by Hartlepool’s Housing Partnership.

The partnership is a group of key organisations responsible for ensuring access to good quality and affordable housing in neighbourhoods and communities where people want to live.

The first draft of the Housing Strategy also incorporates the Homelessness Strategy and the Empty Homes Strategy for Hartlepool and is therefore a larger document than the previous 2011 – 2015 version.

Karen Kelly, the council’s principal Housing Strategy officer, said: “Our previous consultation helped the council to collect residents’ views about the issues and priorities that the new housing strategy should focus on.

“We have used the information we collected to create the first draft of the strategy and residents have until June 3 to comment on this draft.

“As a partnership we are always keen to find out how we can improve services for our residents and we really want to ensure that the document reflects the priorities of the wider community.”

The draft strategy and consultation questionnaire can be accessed at http://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/housingstrategy.

Alternatively, people can obtain a copy by calling Karen Kelly on (01429) 284117 or by emailing Karen.kelly@hartlepool.gov.uk.

Representations on the important document can be made by residents up until June 3.

Housing Strategy

The Hartlepool Housing Strategy is created to set out a clear plan on how the local authority and its partners will work together to meet the housing needs and aspirations of Hartlepool Borough Council and its residents.

It sets out clear priorities for housing in Hartlepool over the next five years.

The final strategy is expected to be published by the summer of this year.