At least 200 new Hastings homes are needed every year, says council

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Council bosses want to see at least 200 new homes built in the borough every year.

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) said it is expecting to see a rise of more than eight per cent in the number of households over the next 12 years.

The figure stood at 41,000 in 2011 and is expected to be 44,500 in 2028.

Councillors on the authority’s cabinet committee will be discussing the council’s Hastings and St Leonards Housing Strategy 2016–2019 on Monday (July 4), which sets out a list of aims HBC wants to achieve.

Cllr Kim Forward, housing and community services portfolio holder, said: “We are working hard to improve existing housing and to enable the delivery of new housing in Hastings and St Leonards.

“We are putting significant efforts into regenerating the most deprived areas of the town to improve the quality of life for residents and the community as a whole. Hastings has been acutely affected by the economic difficulties of the recession. Changes to government housing policy and legislation has had a significant impact on residents and introduced new challenges for future housing policy locally.

“Too many of our residents are living in poverty. Poor housing conditions and increasing housing costs exacerbate this issue. We will continue to work in partnership to ensure people in Hastings and St Leonards can access and maintain accommodation that is suitable for their needs.

“With increasing pressures on local services and declining resources it is even more important to develop strategies and joint initiatives with partners that will address the housing issues affecting people living and working in Hastings.”

The housing strategy includes the aim of providing more opportunities for people to live in the town centre through identifying opportunities for mixed use schemes and making best use of space above shops.

The council also said it wants to continue to minimise and tackle rough sleeping.

The authority also intends to meet its commitment to help resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees under the government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, as well as reducing fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency for residents.

Monday’s cabinet meeting will be held at Aquila House, Breeds Place, from 6pm.

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