Sefton Council has today (October 5) taken the decision to approve the creation of a wholly owned housing development company.
For more than a year a project team has investigated the viability of establishing a company to develop new housing across the borough primarily for Sefton residents to purchase.
At a Cabinet meeting at Bootle Town Hall, a confidential report was discussed and approved with the view of setting up a Housing Development company owned by Sefton Council and operated as a private company (subject to call in).
Over the next few months, the company will be formally established and will then begin to bring forward detailed designs and proposals for priority sites across the borough.
There is an unprecedented need for more housing not only in Sefton, but across the North West and nationally. When Sefton consulted on the 2030 Vision, ‘growing living and ageing well’ and a ‘making Sefton a great place to live, work and play’ came through as two strategic outcomes that residents wished the Council to prioritise.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said:
“A lot of time and effort has gone into looking at establishing a Housing Development Company and we are now in a position to move this forward for the benefit of the whole borough.
“Through the 2030 Vision we have listened to what people have said and believe that the creation of a Housing Development Company will ensure that we play a big part in providing a wider housing choice within the borough alongside other housing developers and Registered Providers.
“We believe, as do our residents, that a wide range of housing, within strong resilient communities, is key to the development of Sefton and our vision for 2030.”
Further reports on the creation of the Housing Development Company will be presented to Cabinet in the coming months.