Newcastle City Council’s commitment to delivering homes that meet the diverse needs of residents in the city has once again been recognised as they were named Local Authority of the Year at the prestigious Northern Housing Awards.
A panel of expert judges considered a range of issues including the best use of council owned land, pioneering models of delivering new homes, work with partners to increase investment in homes and services, and strategies to tackle homelessness before declaring Newcastle the winner for the second consecutive year.
The award, which saw Newcastle beating strong competition from both Calderdale and West Lancashire councils, was the second of the night for the city after Your Homes Newcastle won the Best Digital Initiative Award just minutes earlier.
With a 30 year record high of 1,150 new homes built in the city last year, millions of pounds of investment secured to build more homes over the next three years and an excellent track record of bringing empty homes back into use the council’s commitment to providing good quality housing is clear to see.
The council are rightly proud of their achievements with residents having a wide variety of housing options to choose including supported housing, affordable homes to rent and buy and services to help people to live independently in their own homes.
But despite their success Newcastle City Council aren’t resting on their laurels. Plans already in place such, as building more new council houses, introducing new Rent to Buy schemes and using pioneering technology, will see Newcastle continue to lead the way in the housing sector.