Those living across Perth and Kinross are being invited to provide their views on what housing and local communities should look and feel like across the region over the next five years.
The public are being asked to share their views as the Council update their Local Housing Strategy (LHS) for 2022 to 2027. The consultation is open until the 9th of September 2022, after which the feedback will help finalise the LHS which will be submitted for approval from the council.
Councillor Tom McEwan, the Housing and Social Wellbeing Convener, said: “The LHS is an ambitious plan, setting out what homes and communities should look and feel like in Perth & Kinross over the next five years. This vision includes delivering more homes, creating great places, providing better housing choices and delivering homes which are affordable, energy efficient and meet the individual needs of each household.
“Before the strategy for 2022-27 is finalised we want to make sure that local people, communities and stakeholders have their say on whether they think our priorities will make a positive difference to meeting housing need in Perth & Kinross.
“We will consult a wide range of stakeholders to get a variety of different views, and we would like as much input as possible from local people and interested parties.
“Everyone can take part in the process by completing the short consultation questionnaire, and I would encourage people to make their views known. All comments we receive will be considered, and will feed into the final version of the LHS which will cover the next five years.”
Following initial consultation last year with stakeholders on how the new LHS should look, the Council and its community partners have now developed a draft LHS vision and priorities for action.
The four LHS priorities identified are:
- Providing more homes at the heart of great places
- Providing a range of housing options that people can easily access, afford and keep
- Delivering housing for people with varying needs
- Delivering quality homes with affordable warmth, zero emissions and using internet-enabled household technology
All councils are required to have an LHS from the Scottish Government and it must be reviewed and updated every five years. The LHS sets out a plan of action, investment and partnership to deliver on identified local housing projects.
Everyone is welcome to take part in the consultation which can be found by visiting https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/communities/perth-kinross-local-housing-strategy-2022-27/
If anyone would like a paper copy of the consultation, or would like assistance to complete the questions, they can email HousingInfo@pkc.gov.uk