Housing and Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020
The council has previously had separate strategies for Economic Development and Housing but has decided to deliver a joint Strategy in recognition of the council's key priority to deliver growth in the district as part of its recently launched Growth Strategy.
The joint Housing and Economic Development strategy recognises that new jobs, new businesses and new housing are essential elements in creating an economically vibrant place where all people want to live and work. The proposed 8 objectives outlined in the strategy have been identified to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing the district over the next 5 years.
The eight objectives are:
- Supporting Enterprise - Maintaining and Growing the Business Base;
- Maximising Employment, Skills and Training Opportunities;
- Unlocking the Potential of Major Employment and Housing Sites;
- Realise the Vitality and Viability of Town Centres;
- Supporting the Rural Economy, including Tourism;
- Maximise Affordable Housing to Rent and Buy Through New Build and Making Best Use of Existing Stock;
- Enable People to Live in and Sustain Healthy Homes;
- Prevent and Reduce Homelessness.
If you would like to discuss the Strategy in more detail, please contact the Housing Strategy or Economic Development Team.
Housing and Economic Development Summary
The Eckington Town Centre Development Framework - Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) aims to guide future development in Eckington Town Centre to ensure that Eckington becomes a thriving, successful town.
It establishes clear planning and urban design guidance, providing a co-ordinated and consistent approach to the regeneration of Eckington. The SPD is a material consideration and should be given weight in considering development proposals.
The framework identifies key features of the town so that a picture is built up of the areas assets as well as opportunities for growth. It consider's issues such as character, context, design, heritage, public realm and connectivity and will link with themes such as health, public art and green infrastructure. You can view the document here.
The framework identifies key features of the town so that a picture is built up of the areas assets as well as opportunities for growth. They consider issues such as character, context, design, heritage, public realm and connectivity and will link with themes such as health, public art and green infrastructure. You can view the document here.
A number of projects have taken place in and around the town centre that have contributed towards meeting this vision. In 2013, we published an updated version of the Clay Cross Regeneration Framework (download from the documents section on this page), which aims to build upon the successes we have already achieved to further encourage regeneration work in the town.
We have four key regeneration objectives, which are:
- Empower and Engage the Local Community;
- Deliver Urban Quality;
- Create Living Neighbourhoods;
- Enable a Sustainable Economy
And several action areas which we focus upon to deliver these objectives:
- The Town Centre
- High Street
- Bridge Street Triangle
- The former Biwaters site
- Coney Green