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Housing strategy must cater for all says Councillor Dumbleton

November 19, 2019 6:43 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Carie-AnneAt a meeting of the full Rugby Borough Council on Thursday 14 November 2019, Councillor Carie-Anne Dumbleton (Rokeby & Overslade) questioned the Portfolio Holder for evidence that the targets set out in the Council's Housing Strategy are being met.

Councillor Dumbleton's question to the Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities asked about how the Council is providing homes for families that suit their needs and how the Council is planning the right houses in the right places.

Evidence from Rokeby and Overslade is showing that families need larger houses and are struggling with their existing arrangements.

Commenting, Councillor Dumbleton, said:

"Across Rugby, including in Rokeby and Overslade, there is a demand from families for five-bedroom homes when only three-bedroom homes are available.

"The Council must look at all options at their disposal. For instance, there may be option to convert upstairs to a four bed or alternatively block the dining room door leading to the kitchen, put French doors where the existing windows are and call it a bedroom.

"More must be done by Rugby Council to adapt existing three-bedroom homes and or purchase larger homes that cater for the people of Rugby."

Question at Full Council on Thursday 14 November 2019.

Councillor Miss Dumbleton to ask the Communities and Homes Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mrs Crane:

"Our Housing Strategy states that we will

  1. Provide homes for families which suit their needs.
  2. That we will plan for the right houses in the right places and diversify the housing market.
  3. It states that in the previous housing strategy the objective was to ensure that Rugby's housing supply meets housing needs.
  4. It states that properties were purchased to mitigate the loss of houses through the right to buy scheme.
What evidence does the Portfolio Holder have that these targets have been met?"