Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 18 Hundreds more homes for our district In the last four years 333 affordable homes were delivered of which 165 were new council homes. Of the new council homes, 99 were for affordable rent and 23 for social rent. We also sold and delivered 43 new homes for shared ownership and 54 existing council homes through the right to buy scheme, with this boost to the housing supply helping many residents to find a place to call home. One scheme, at Angel Court in Hadleigh (pictured above), delivered 21 flats for social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership. But the work doesn’t stop. We have a scheme under way in Corks Lane, Hadleigh, due for completion in 2024. The buildings are being sympathetically restored to deliver 57 new homes. Expertise in creating award-winning homes The council’s Building Control Team won awards for its work on property schemes in the district in 2022. The team ensures home improvements and developments are in line with the UK’s building regulations - it can advise planning applicants on all parts of their builds to make sure they are to the highest professional and environmental standards. This work was recognised at the regional final of the Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards in September 2022. Angel Court, in Hadleigh, was named best small development, while Low Street in Glemsford took the best small new housing development title. The winning schemes will move onto the national finals in London in January 2023. 2019-22 1,187 homes approved via planning applications. Only 1.4% of Babergh planning decisions have been overturned on appeal in a two-year period - well below the Government’s 10% threshold. We are judged against the Government’s ‘Housing Delivery Test’, which looks at the number of homes delivered compared to the number required. We continuously overperformed - from 123% in 2019 to 141% in 2021. Photo Credit: Simon Watson