Labour led Scarborough Borough Council continues to fulfil its 2019 manifesto commitments to tackle housing shortages and enable local people to find good quality affordable accommodation. Under its Better Homes project the Council will undertake a market engagement with registered social housing organizations and developers to identify opportunities for more affordable housing.
As Labour Councillor Carl Maw says “this is an important initiative to help us find out how we can work positively with market providers to meet the housing needs of our local residents. We have land we can contribute, and we are open to a range of options as to how this can used to meet our objectives. This might include in some cases, for example, making some land available for higher cost family dwellings and using the profits generated for affordable housing.”
Demand for affordable housing of all kinds is consistently high in the Borough. It is exacerbated by lower than average wages in the area. Cllr. Liz Colling who is Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth states that “making more affordable accommodation available, particularly for young people struggling to get a new home, is a vital part of our commitment to retaining skilled people to help us build a stronger local economy and a great place to live, work and bring up a family.”
Engagement with partners will also be informed by the social values underpinning the Better Homes project. Our Labour led Council is committed to using local businesses employing local people, paying the living wage, supporting skills and training, and energy efficiencies creating homes for life.