Cheshire East Council has approved a new housing strategy, setting out the aims and resident-focussed outcomes for housing until 2023.

The strategy fulfils the council’s ambition for jobs-led, economic growth across all areas, and the acknowledgement that ‘housing is essential’ to support this continuous growth.

The council’s ‘guarantee’ to residents is to have a place to live which supports their health and wellbeing and contributes to a better quality of life. Good quality, safe and affordable housing is essential to meet this goal.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “Our new housing strategy contains our ambitions for facilitating the delivery of affordable housing alongside a robust, well managed rental and sales market.

“We have made the decisions with feedback and engagement from residents to ensure the best possible outcome for housing that meets the needs of Cheshire East.”

Driven by the council’s Local Plan, the housing strategy highlights the provision for a housing requirement of 355 new affordable homes during each year of the strategy. Cheshire East will facilitate this requirement by working in partnership, providing homes of the right type and in the right place to continue its ambition for good quality of place, as well as health, wellbeing and quality of life for communities.

The strategy aims to stimulate the housing market, support regeneration to support quality of place, improve the housing on offer for an ageing population, support jobs-led growth and support the council’s medium-term financial growth strategy.