In September, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) starts the consultation of its first major development, following approval of its Development Strategy last year, which set out its commitment to deliver 1,000 new decent and affordable homes over the next 10 years.
This commitment is aligned with JRHT’s and JRF’s vision for a prosperous UK without poverty. Research has shown that opportunities for people to buy and live in decent and affordable homes is vital to tackling poverty.
JRHT’s development strategy clearly outlines the approach and key areas of focus when building new homes. The key areas of focus include building more 2 or 3-bed properties, providing open spaces and community facilities, supporting people to buy their own homes, as well as building homes which can be adapted to the changing needs of residents.
Joel Owen, Deputy Director, Development and Asset Management of JRHT, says: ‘As an organisation, we are committed to understanding and tackling the root causes of poverty and one way we can do that is to build more decent and affordable homes – this strategy provides us with a clear pathway on how to achieve that over the next ten years.’
Data suggests that the need for new homes will grow steeply over the next few years, as we deal with an ageing population and an increase in the number of households. At present, only 162,000 new homes are being built annually, but this figure will have to increase to 250,000 if it is to meet this surge in demand.
The initial focus for JRHT will be on new-builds in those areas where demand for housing is highest, with an initial focus on York and the surrounding areas.
However, the strategy is not just about building more homes, it is also about providing greater opportunities for residents to buy their own homes and continue to remain in their home if their needs change.
Summing up, Joel Owen explains; ‘This is an ambitious strategy, but it has to be, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our existing and future communities and we are really looking forward to rising to the challenge and meeting the objectives we have set for 2030.’
Read the Development Strategy
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