Local councils working together to house people faster

Published: Thursday, 20 July 2017

Applicants on Northampton’s Housing Register could be set to benefit from a new scheme which will give them access to new affordable rented housing in two neighbouring districts.

Northampton Borough Council has been working with Daventry District Council and South Northamptonshire Council on a scheme to meet the housing needs of Northampton.

Under the scheme, applicants on Northampton’s Housing Register will be prioritised for up to 1,770 new housing association homes that are being built, over the next 12 years, in a series of urban extensions planned for the outskirts of Northampton.

To enable this to happen, Northampton Borough Council agreed for a number of changes to be made to its Housing Allocations Scheme at a Cabinet meeting last night, Wednesday 19 July. The changes will ensure that people who have a local connection with the urban extensions in Daventry and South Northamptonshire are able to join Northampton’s Housing Register and be considered for the new homes.

Cllr Stephen Hibbert, the Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “We’re really pleased that Cabinet approved the changes to the Housing Allocations Scheme. Once the changes are in place, applicants on Northampton’s Housing Register will be prioritised for affordable rented homes being built in the urban extensions.”