Housing Strategies

Strategic Housing Services works to a number of key strategies and documents to make sure that we achieve our aims and make sure our vision becomes a reality.

Our Aims 

The key aims of Strategic Housing Services are to;

  • Assess local housing needs and understand the local housing market.
  • Develop effective partnerships to increase the supply of affordable housing.
  • Prevent and minimize homelessness.
  • Improve conditions in the private sector.
  • Enable people to live independently in their own homes.

Strategies & Policies

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Private Sector Stock Conditions Survey 2015 This report provides a review of the current condition of private dwellings across the city, to assess the impact of recent policies and initiatives, and to enable informed decisions to be made relating to future private sector housing policies and potential intervention programmes.

Housing Assistance Policy

The Housing Assistance Policy, sets out the basis on which an agent working on behalf of Worcester City Council will offer financial assistance for works of repair or renewal in the private housing sector.  The document outlines a range of financial assistance and the key objective of the policy is to assist vulnerable people to achieve decent, suitable and affordable homes in sustainable communities. It is to be read in conjunction with the City Council's Private Sector Housing Renewal Strategy which is currently being updated and subject to review.

Housing Enforcement Policy

The Housing Act 2004 introduced powers for local authorities to assess housing conditions and contained a package of enforcement measures. These powers, together with other legislation such as the Housing Act 1985 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977, can be used to tackle poor housing conditions. The purpose of the enforcement policy is to outline the Council's approach to tackling poor housing conditions particularly in the private sector and the approach we will take when considering enforcement action ensuring that we deal with everyone in a consistent and fair way.

Worcestershire Strategic  Housing Partnership Plan 

 

The Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan (Plan) is the overarching document setting the strategic direction for housing across Worcestershire. It recognises that to maximise the health, wealth and wellbeing of the residents of Worcestershire and make the most effective use of existing resources, we need to work very closely with partner organisations across a range of sectors. 

An annual update on progress is reported with the publication of an annual state of the nation plan.

Worcester City Tenancy Strategy

In response to the Localism Act (2012), the Worcester City Tenancy Strategy has been developed:
 

  • To ensure that affordable housing meets local housing need
  • To provide guidance and direction to RP partners in the development of their tenancy policies
  • To provide a framework for up to date knowledge of the housing market in Worcestershire that can then be used to inform policy and practice
  • To indicate to tenants and prospective tenants what they can expect from their tenancy

Private Sector Housing Strategy

The Worcester City Private Sector Renewal Strategy sets out how we will improve conditions within the private sector and enable people to remain in their own homes.

Private Sector Renewal Strategy Progress on delivery of year 4 actions.         

Worcestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Currently being updated

Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

The Act requires that every energy conservation authority prepares a report to send to the Secretary of State. The report will be required to be published on the authorities website with a link sent to the Secretary of State by the specified date.

"The report shall set out energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area"

Definitions- "energy conservation authority" means a local housing authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985 "energy conservation measures" includes information, advice, education, promotion, making grants and loans and carrying out works "residential accommodation" means premises occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling and forming the whole or part of a building

Private Sector Housing Research Project 2012 

This report has been prepared following an instruction from Worcester City Council to undertake an investigation into the best use of a commuted sum arising through Planning Obligations made under section 106 (as amended) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The brief includes a specific requirement to give an indication of the level of spend required for each proposal along with: Empty Properties,Licensing,Delivery of New Affordable Housing Units on Identified Sites and Access to Home Ownership.   

Worcestershire Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness

The Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness has been written to expand on the high level actions within the Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan and in response to the new duties of the HRA (which were not known in as much detail at the time of developing the WHPP).It is also recognised that to be effective, a strategic homelessness prevention response will need to be developed and owned jointly with partners who will be responsible for its delivery.

This document provides an opportunity to develop an effective implementation plan, with partners, to help ensure that the objectives set out in the homelessness strategy are achieved The Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness 2018-21 was made publicly available for consultation from 24th April until 19th June 2018. A countywide Stakeholder event was also held at Wyre Forest District Council on 22nd May 2018.

The Government published a Rough Sleeping Strategy with the aim of supporting everyone off the streets and into a home, and to end rough sleeping entirely by 2027 during the formal adoption of the Worcestershire Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelesness Document. Local Authorities have been directed to update their homeless strategies in light of this document and rebadge it as a Homelessness and Rough Sleeper Strategy by the end of 2019. This work is currently in progress.