Plan to build 170 new council houses in Denbighshire approved

Scores of new council houses are to be built in Denbighshire as part of a commitment to provide affordable homes.

Denbighshire County Council is embarking on an ambitious programme to ensure access to good quality housing by building 170 council houses over the next five years, as part of its new set of corporate priorities which were approved at a Full Council meeting on October 17 at County Hall, Ruthin.

It will complement the ongoing improvement work to the Council’s existing housing stock.

Denbighshire Housing’s five-year programme focuses on creating more homes to meet local need and demand.

Jamie Groves, the Council’s Head of Facilities, Assets and Housing, said: “Denbighshire is rising to the challenge for the need for more affordable housing by utilising new freedoms granted to local authorities by building 170 new council houses over the next five years.

“We will be ensuring that sufficient suitable homes are provided to meet local need and demand.

“Our strategy is for residents to be able to live in homes that meet their needs, within vibrant and sustainable communities throughout the county. 

“Key to achieving this aim is increasing the supply of all types of accommodation including council houses, open market housing, low-cost ownership schemes as well as private, intermediate and social rented accommodation.

“We have also been investing in updating our current housing stock, creating better homes and neighbourhoods for our residents with quality and modern improvements that exceed the standards expected of us.

“This has included improving how we manage our open space areas and Denbighshire Housing has also carried out a £1m improvement scheme in Caradoc Road, Prestatyn involving an innovative remodelling of 33 flats and their surrounding area and a £1.2m environmental improvement project is now under way at the Bro Havard Estate in St Asaph too.

“But this is not just about bricks and mortar. We have also created new Community Development Co-ordinator posts to support and develop our communities too.”

The Council is also looking towards complementing the development of its own stock by enabling the better use of existing private sector housing by continuing to work with the owners of empty homes across the county to bring them back to the market.

Posted on Tuesday 24th October 2017