First Class Homes in the right place, right size and right price
Homes need to be places where people want to live, in environments that enhance their well-being
The Council has a key role in helping everyone live in a decent, secure home that they can afford.
It should build as much council housing, as close to net zero carbon, as possible. But they should be social rented council homes, not let at so-called affordable rent, at 70% of open market rents.
The Council should make more use of council owned land. The Bar End Depot site needs to be considered for local housing and community needs, not sold off to a developer.
An older people’s housing strategy should include discussion on new council built bungalows.
At least 40% of housing in new developments should be social housing at genuinely affordable rents.
Tenants, leaseholders and renters need support to have a stronger voice.
Working with homeless people, the Council should aim to end homelessness and rough sleeping in Winchester.