Published: 29/01/2013 18:00 - Updated: 29/01/2013 16:26

Moray Council seeks views on draft housing strategy

THE views of Moray people are being sought for the council’s new draft local housing strategy.

The document covers all tenures from owner-occupied and private rented homes to council and other social housing.

It relates to the period from 2013 to 2018, and sets out how Moray Council and its partners plan to improve the housing sector in Moray and help people find suitable homes.

A Moray Council spokesperson said the new strategy includes proposals on how to address the acute shortage of affordable housing in the area by building more homes of the right type and in places where people want to live.

Many of the new homes outlined in the document would be specially adapted for the elderly and people with disabilities.

"As well as building new houses, the local housing strategy aims to tackle homelessness and improve the condition of Moray’s housing stock," said councillor Eric McGillivray, chairman of Moray Council’s communities committee which is responsible for Moray’s housing needs.

"Fuel poverty is a problem suffered by many in Moray and the strategy sets out a range of actions that will help householders with the cost of their fuel bills.

"What we want to know now is whether the people of Moray agreed with these plans and that is why we are carrying out a public consultation on the contents of the draft strategy," he added.

A questionnaire relating to the draft document is available on the council’s website at www.moray.gov.uk. Staff are also giving out paper copies at all Moray Council access points and libraries, or available by calling 0300 1234 566.

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