Housing strategy 2013–16
The importance of housing and a home is crucial in helping all residents of Chesterfield achieve their goals and quality of life. For this reason, we have made it one of our top priorities for Chesterfield to be "a place where everyone has fair access to a decent and affordable home".
This housing strategy sets out our priorities for the next three years as we work towards that goal.
The key things we want to do are:
- increase the supply of high-quality, sustainable homes
- make better use of the borough’s existing housing stock
- deliver a quality housing and housing support service
- encourage a quality, thriving private housing sector
To achieve this we will continue to put our tenants and residents first by working with partners in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors to provide and develop appropriate housing choices for the people of Chesterfield. The strategy has been written at a time of incredible change for the housing sector. Welfare reforms, the introduction of the Localism Act and cutbacks to reduce the budget deficit will all have an impact on access to affordable housing in the borough. The strategy sets out the measures we have put in place to help prevent tenants and residents falling into rent arrears and homelessness. As the full impact of the reforms is not yet known, we will continue to review the strategy to reflect changing circumstances.