Section: Housing Provision

Archbishops' report calls on churches to take a greater role in meeting housing need in local communities

Posted 21.02.21
Archbishop of Canterbury: Further reading

A new report from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York's Commission on Housing, Church and Community, titled Coming Home: Tackling the Housing Crisis Together, calls on churches to take a greater role in meeting housing need in local communities - including through use of existing assets.

At the heart of this report is the idea that simply building more houses - whilst important - is not sufficient to address the prolonged housing issues this country continues to face. It calls for more truly affordable homes and stronger communities that people can be proud of and where they can feel safe and welcome, put down roots and flourish.

The report lays out a positive vision for housing centred on five core values - good housing should be sustainable, safe, stable, sociable and satisfying.

The Archbishops clearly state their belief that the Church of England has a major role to play in realising this vision. This means putting its land and other resources to good use and not letting the pressure for financial profit prevent it from also delivering social and environmental benefits - including new housing developments that align with our five core values.

They also call on dioceses and parishes to become more deeply involved in meeting local housing need and building community, learning from the examples that are featured throughout the report.


One of London's biggest estate regeneration schemes gets green light

Posted 01.02.21
Wandsworth Council: Further reading

Wandsworth Council's plans to build up to 2,550 new homes on the Winstanley and York Road Estate in Battersea have been given planning permission.

Built by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration Partnership, a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and Wandsworth Council, the development will provide 35% of the homes for social rent, London affordable rent or shared ownership, while the rest are for private sale or rent.

The regeneration programme includes building a state-of-the-art leisure centre, a community centre, a library, a children's centre and nursery, a new local office for Workmatch which helps people into jobs, a health centre and a new 2.49 hectare public park.

It is also expected to create 88 permanent jobs for local people, 3,360 temporary construction jobs and an overall boost to the local economy of £207.6 million.

Secure council tenants will be able to apply for a council home in the scheme to meet their individual housing needs, eliminating over-crowding. All resident council leaseholders will be offered an affordable opportunity to buy a home on the estate.


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