Councils unite for housing strategy

Cllr ''Rona Burt
Cllr ''Rona Burt

Consultation has started on a joint council strategy aimed at tackling the shortage of affordable housing.

Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council need to meet an increasing shortfall for affordable homes over the next twenty years.

The two councils, working in partnership under the banner of West Suffolk, said the recession drastically affected the number of new homes being delivered, while jobs cuts, pay freezes and increased living costs have all added to the demand for affordable housing.

Now the two councils, in recognition of the need to deliver more affordable housing options, are proposing to start building and buying affordable homes, as well as working with partners to bring empty homes back into use.

A consultation on the new West Suffolk Housing Strategy will run for four weeks until August 13 at 5pm.

The consultation will include a number of partner briefing sessions.

You can view the document online at or at the council offices in Mildenhall or Bury St Edmunds. You can write in or email your comments to

The West Suffolk Housing Strategy can be viewed at

or at