West Norfolk Council housing company structure supported

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Measures setting out the management of a new housing company being set up by West Norfolk Council have been approved.

Proposed governance structures for the organisation were endorsed by the council’s cabinet during a meeting on Tuesday.

Under the plans, the council leader, Brian Long, together with regeneration and housing portfolio holders Alistair Beales and Adrian Lawrence, will be directors of the company.

They will sit alongside chief executive Ray Harding and other senior officers.

Questions have been raised about the transparency of the company’s decision making processes and the need for the organisation, given the council transferred its previous housing stock to Freebridge Community Housing.

But the authority says the move will enable it to offer more affordable and temporary homes and reduce the use of bed and breakfast accommodation.

Mr Long told the meeting the advantages were clear.

He said: “This is something weve been discussing for a little while now and the benefits are evident when you look at affordable housing that needs to remain affordable.”