At a full meeting of the council last night (Thursday 2 July) an initial proposal was agreed that will see the Council identifying, developing and owning 52 Council homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.
The first phase in the current financial year will potentially deliver seven homes, with the full programme reaching as many as 52.
Back in 2002 the District Council transferred all its former Council Housing stock to Dales Housing Association – and is pledging to continue to work with housing associations to enable more affordable housing in the district as well as delivering its own Council Homes.
In a report [PDF] to councillors that can be viewed again below on our YouTube channel Director of Housing Rob Cogings said that delivering its own housing meant the Council could specify and deliver exactly what was required to meet local need and to a standard that fully supported vulnerable households.
This included using an additional £10,000 per home for energy saving measures such as inclusion of photovoltaics, fabric enhancements, reducing water usage to the properties, with the aim of exceeding building regulation minimum requirements for energy efficiency and carbon savings.
Mr Cogings explained the initiative was designed to yield an ongoing rental stream and provide good quality social housing while minimising risk to the Council.
Management and maintenance services would be delivered by a third party such as housing associations or private agents.
Initially, it was proposed to fund schemes from Section 106 income from legal agreements struck with developers of private housing developments, plus Right to Buy receipts, combined with Homes England grant and sales receipts.
View the Council Housing debate here: