Horsham district housing consultation gets off to a popular start

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

HORSHAM District Council’s consultation on housing allocations has received almost 100 online responses in its first two weeks.

The consultation was launched on Thursday 14 June 2012 following a sharp increase in demand for social housing (previously known as ‘council housing’) and the introduction of The Localism Act.

The Localism Act gives the Council greater freedom to determine:

- who social housing should be for (and who therefore qualifies to go onto the housing register)

- which households (if any) should be prioritised over other households when a house becomes available

As the Council is committed to ensuring that decisions are locally determined, the consultation seeks the views of residents in relation to the above and will use the results to help determine if existing allocation policies need to be modified.

Online responses are being encouraged and paper copies of the questionnaire will be available in the autumn edition of the Council’s ‘Horsham District News’ magazine, which is sent to homes across the District.

Additionally, hard copies of the questionnaire are available from the Housing reception at the Horsham District Council offices at North Point in North Street in Horsham as well as the Citizens Advice Bureau in Lower Tanbridge Way in Horsham.

The consultation will end in September and The Localism Act will come into force in July or November 2012.

If residents want to help shape policies that determine who social housing is prioritised for in the Horsham District, it is important that they respond to this opportunity by submitting a completed questionnaire before the end of September 2012.

Questionnaires can be found online on the council’s website or by completing and returning the questionnaire in the Horsham District News magazine in August.