Bury draft Housing Strategy Consultation

The Council has recently undertaken a programme of formal public consultation on a new draft Housing Strategy for the borough, to ensure the proposals reflect the needs and aspirations of our residents and stakeholders. Therefore, we invited members of the public to take part in the consultation to gain an understanding of their views and opinions. The results of the consultation will be used to further inform and develop the draft Housing Strategy.

All residents and stakeholders including housing developers, housing providers, tenant organisations, elected members, voluntary and faith sectors, community groups, health and care providers and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority were invited to take part in the consultation, as it is important that everyone has the opportunity to have their say and shape the final plan.

The consultation ran from Monday 30 November 2020 and ended at 5.00 pm on 22 February 2021.

About the Bury Draft Housing Strategy

We are working hard to get the right approaches to meeting local housing needs, supporting housing aspirations, improving existing homes, building new homes, enabling more people to access a home that suits them at their stage in life, providing the right kind of support to help residents to live healthy lives in their community and improving neighbourhoods.

Earlier in 2020, we commissioned Campbell Tickell Management Consultancy to help us develop a vision and housing strategy for the borough, which meets the needs of different sections of the population at different stages of their lives.

The strategy will benefit all our residents; our focus is not only addressing housing need but, on the role that housing can play in meeting the economic, social and environmental aspirations of the borough, which is why it is important to widely consult on our priorities and how we intend to deliver them. It is increasingly becoming apparent that social and economic composition of areas varies greatly and fluctuates over time. Therefore the strategy will strive to have a sound understanding of the views of communities, which meet current needs and is flexible to respond to changing dynamics.

A draft version of the Housing Strategy is now available (see links below).

The draft strategy has been informed by our Housing Needs and Demand Assessment (see related pages) and through consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including private developers and registered providers operating in the borough.

This work has been progressed alongside the Bury 2030 discussions with Bury stakeholders through which we are changing the dynamics between the Council, health and care services, providers and residents.

Bury Draft Housing Strategy overview

The new draft Housing Strategy sets out the scale of housing issues and challenges facing the borough. It provides a clear direction of travel to deliver a balanced and diverse housing supply and an opportunity to create successful and inclusive neighbourhoods that everyone can be proud of.

It covers the key aspects of affordability, supply and quality of housing in the borough and, will help ensure that an adequate supply of new housing will be provided to support inclusive economic growth that will underpin improvements in people's health and wellbeing, including reducing gaps in healthy life expectancy.

This is a wide-ranging strategy that impacts on the lives of all Bury residents in one way or another, be that directly through the provision of accommodation and services or indirectly through improvements in the public realm, environment and health. Once approved, the strategy will be an important document that will help shape the types of housing that will be delivered on new developments.

The strategy contributes to meeting the Council's priorities across a range of policy areas including economic growth and climate change approach. It also reflects the Council's role in discharging a range of statutory duties such as those relating to homelessness, private sector housing and the safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults.

We will work with residents and other key stakeholders including Homes England, housing developers, registered providers, private landlords, Six Town Housing and the GM Combined Authority to implement the strategy and ensure that the right types of housing are built where we need them.

The outcomes we seek from the strategy include:

  • More homes in the borough to meet the needs of a growing population;
  • Increased affordable housing supply - through new build, leasing and acquisition;
  • A more dynamic housing market - a broader range of housing tenures and more tailored support for people to access a suitable home they want in any tenure;
  • Good quality, healthy homes and places;
  • Support that enables people to live well in the community;
  • Intelligent, evidence-driven, targeted investment to improve health through housing;
  • A clear focus on the future of each town centre and surrounding areas;
  • To eliminate rough sleeping by 2025 through an evidenced approach to preventing homelessness, increasing the supply of affordable homes, supporting accessibility and 'enabling support' towards independence;
  • Rapid movement towards low carbon housing.

The strategy is divided into 8 sub sections:

Consultation - have your say

Bury Draft Housing Strategy Consultation Webinars

As part of the consultation process, we hosted two free webinars, one for residents of the borough and one for stakeholders, to gather input on the draft Housing Strategy. These were:

Each event featured a live presentation from Campbell Tickell Management Consultancy around the key themes of the draft Strategy and a Q&A panel session where attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. In addition, residents and stakeholders were given the opportunity to submit questions for discussion prior to the events taking place.

What happens next?

All comments that we received from the consultation will be thoroughly considered and, where appropriate, amendments will be made to the draft Bury Housing Strategy.

A final version of the draft Bury Housing Strategy will then be presented to the Council's Cabinet seeking formal approval.

Subject to its approval, the Council will work alongside third parties in delivering its plans and actions.

Frequently asked questions

Please see: Draft Bury Housing Strategy - Your questions answered.

Contact for Housing strategy consultation