New city housing strategy in focus

NEW plans to give York’s most vulnerable residents more housing opportunities are set to be rubber-stamped.

A tenancy strategy looking at issues such as overcrowding, under-occupation, empty properties, homelessness and increased housing demand has been compiled by City of York Council officials. Tthe authority’s cabinet will now be asked to approve it.

The strategy, which will be reviewed annually, lays out guidelines for housing providers which they must adhere to, with the aim of ensuring York’s housing stock is “decent, safe and affordable”, and able to meet tenants’ needs over the next five years.

The council must have the framework in place by the end of January and it will be discussed by the cabinet on January 8.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, said: “The demand for housing in York will continue to grow, and house-price rises and national welfare reforms are adding to the challenges faced by the city’s housing market and the ability of low-income households to gain access to housing or continue to afford the home they are in. This strategy will play a central role in ensuring a city-wide approach to creating a balanced housing market which offers choice and opportunity to everybody.”

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10:52am Tue 1 Jan 13

ak7274 says...

What Rubbish. The best way to start to improve housing in York is to get rid of Ms Lang.
House builders must be incentivised not penalised for building affordable homes.
What Rubbish. The best way to start to improve housing in York is to get rid of Ms Lang. House builders must be incentivised not penalised for building affordable homes. ak7274

12:52pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Yet more desperate, inneffective measures by a desperate, clueless politician who is part of the problem.

The solution to York's housing problem is to remove the barriers that are holding back supply - Coun Simpson-Laing and the affordable housing policies that she has fought to retain. This has resulted in killing housebuilding in York.

In today's Press, in a separate story, Coun James Alexander has pledged to increase housing in York in 2013. Does this mean that he is preparing to do something about Tracey and her failed affordable policy ? I hope so!! I note that his gag on free speech has been observed again with comments being disallowed on his story.

Even if he does amend the AH policy, it will not be a quick fix solution, and his pledge will be an easy target because it will fail. York will not see any meaningful increase in housing for years and certainly not by the time of the next council elections. JA has stuck his neck out, with this foolish pledge, showing his complete lack of understanding of the housebuilding market. Like Coun Simpson-Laing and her stupid AH policy, it is doomed to fail !!!
Yet more desperate, inneffective measures by a desperate, clueless politician who is part of the problem. The solution to York's housing problem is to remove the barriers that are holding back supply - Coun Simpson-Laing and the affordable housing policies that she has fought to retain. This has resulted in killing housebuilding in York. In today's Press, in a separate story, Coun James Alexander has pledged to increase housing in York in 2013. Does this mean that he is preparing to do something about Tracey and her failed affordable policy ? I hope so!! I note that his gag on free speech has been observed again with comments being disallowed on his story. Even if he does amend the AH policy, it will not be a quick fix solution, and his pledge will be an easy target because it will fail. York will not see any meaningful increase in housing for years and certainly not by the time of the next council elections. JA has stuck his neck out, with this foolish pledge, showing his complete lack of understanding of the housebuilding market. Like Coun Simpson-Laing and her stupid AH policy, it is doomed to fail !!! Scarlet Pimpernel

1:25pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

A tenancy strategy looking at issues such as overcrowding, under-occupation, empty properties, homelessness and increased housing demand has been compiled by City of York Council officials. The authority’s cabinet will now be asked to approve it.


The housing crisis in York started in 2005 when housebuilding went into decline because of the 50% AH policy - that's seven years ago !

Why has it taken this long to address the problems referred to in this tenancy strategy ? Surely this is rank mismanagement of council housing by officers and councillors ?

After reviewing the failing policies, the failing officers and councillors behind them should be reviewed also. Those responsible should be removed/sacked.
[quote] A tenancy strategy looking at issues such as overcrowding, under-occupation, empty properties, homelessness and increased housing demand has been compiled by City of York Council officials. The authority’s cabinet will now be asked to approve it. [/quote] The housing crisis in York started in 2005 when housebuilding went into decline because of the 50% AH policy - that's seven years ago ! Why has it taken this long to address the problems referred to in this tenancy strategy ? Surely this is rank mismanagement of council housing by officers and councillors ? After reviewing the failing policies, the failing officers and councillors behind them should be reviewed also. Those responsible should be removed/sacked. Scarlet Pimpernel

5:43pm Tue 1 Jan 13

capt spaulding says...

Safe Decent and "affordable" ?
That sounds like rent control.
Thats going to get interesting and probably illegal.
Safe Decent and "affordable" ? That sounds like rent control. Thats going to get interesting and probably illegal. capt spaulding

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