The county council’s Labour administration is putting the final touches to a programme which will see thousands of homes built over the next 10 years.
A housing-needs assessment has identified the authority needs to add nearly 2,000 homes to its stock to keep pace, including 380 in the north of the county.
Labour is preparing to unveil a programme, which will see £330million invested over a 10-year period in construction across the county with hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships created, all aimed at fulfilling its promise to tackle the housing waiting list.
Phase one will see the council work with partners such as development company Arch to carry out feasibility studies and secure planning applications. It will also see council employees trained to deliver major projects so future work can be carried out in-house.
Labour group and council leader Grant Davey described the plans as ‘the most ambitious project undertaken by the authority and its partners for many years’.
He added that the council has funded it through a mix of prudential borrowing, Government grants and planned agreements with private developers.
The costs for stage one are estimated at £33.75million, which will be funded through the council’s Housing Revenue Account, he said.