Residents take part in housing scrutiny

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RESIDENTS across the Filey and Hunmanby area are set to be part of a major county wide survey programme.

Scarborough Council has launched a huge scheme to assess housing needs in the area.

The survey will be sent to 30,000 homes, including many in Filey, Hunmanby and the surrounding villages, and will look at all aspects of housing including affordable housing and housing for older people.

Supported housing for vulnerable people and homes currently on the market will also be on the agenda.

Scarborough Council are working in unison with every other housing authority in North Yorkshire to run the survey, which is being funded by central government coffers.

Cllr Richard Foster, chair of the Local Government North Yorkshire and York Housing Board, said the survey would prove both beneficial and cost effective in the future.

He said: “Housing markets and communities’ housing aspirations don’t follow local council boundaries.

“We need to understand what type of housing North Yorkshire people require now and in the future, so we can plan properly to meet that need.

“By working together we can not only get that better understanding but also save a considerable amount of money.”