THREE priority commitments have been proposed by Braintree Council as part of a new housing strategy for the district.

The council is developing a new strategy to guide its approach to housing needs and demand up to 2028, which is now out for public consultation for nine weeks.

The three main commitments in the draft strategy are:

  • Facilitating a consistent programme of high quality, affordable homes which meet the needs of current and future residents.
  • Supporting communities and enabling housing across the district to meet the needs of residents, especially those who are vulnerable.
  • Improving access to and the quality of the private rented sector and make best use of assets and existing properties.

The draft strategy also sets out how the council will work with both the public and private sector to deliver housing improvements, with a greater emphasis on affordable and energy-efficient housing.

Residents are being asked for their views and their feedback will be considered before the strategy is finalised in March 2023.

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Council housing boss Kevin Bowers said: “Enabling more genuinely affordable, safe, secure and comfortable housing that meets the needs of people in the Braintree district is one of our main priorities, together with tackling the climate emergency.

“It’s not just about building new houses and making sure people have a home - having a safe and stable home impacts education, health, employment and life chances.

“We want to hear from as many people and organisations as possible with an interest in housing issues to help us understand their needs, challenges and opportunities so we develop a strategy that truly reflects the needs and aspirations of our residents.

"Please do look at our proposed strategy and take part in the consultation to have your say.”

The consultation is open until 5pm on February 7.

Residents can read and comment on the document on the council’s website at

Comments can also be emailed to or posted or dropped off at Causeway House, Braintree, CM7 9HB.