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Final Report on the Erewash Housing Strategy 2005 – 2008 December 2008 The Council’s adopted Fit for Purpose Housing Strategy for 2005 – 2008, committed us to: Delivering quality and choice in the housing market Tackling the causes of homelessness and meeting vulnerable people’s needs Creating safe and sustainable communities Improving service delivery This was updated with a Supplementary Document in February 2007. This affirms these commitments following the Erewash Housing Needs Study and Nottingham Core Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2007 1. Strategic Housing Priorities for Action Help deliver affordable housing across the Borough Use planning powers to increase the supply of social rented housing Tackle empty properties and bring them back into use Improve and renovate private sector housing Improve energy efficiency of homes Tackle and prevent homelessness Work in partnership to provide housing support for vulnerable people Tackle anti-social behaviour and crime and disorder Improve service delivery and improve and promote partnership working. 2. Actions completed The Housing Strategy Action Plan outlined 53 actions to be completed. 43 of these actions are fully completed. These include: Nottingham Core Housing Market Assessment completed Erewash Housing Needs Study, including BME and rural housing needs completed Derbyshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment completed Projects commenced and/or negotiated to deliver over 300 supported and affordable housing units Private Sector Housing Strategy adopted Council resources committed to projects Over £5 million external funding gained towards projects including Decent homes, affordable warmth, supported housing projects for vulnerable people, Local Plan adopted Review of Homelessness Strategy completed Services improved Members made over 30 specific decisions towards delivering the Housing Strategy An average of £1 million a year has been allocated by the council for capital expenditure on housing related services and projects. The remaining 10 Actions are already well progressed, and expect to be completed during 2009 – 10. These actions are carried forward onto the Action Plan for the Housing Strategy for 2009 – 10. All of the Actions and progress are outlined in the attached Action Plan Final progress report. 3. Outcomes – what we achieved from April 2005 – December 2008 The full impact of successfully delivering our strategy can be best demonstrated by the actual outcomes for individual people and families. During the 4 years of the Strategy, the many different organisations working together in Erewash to deliver housing and housing related services have helped thousands of people to improve their housing situations and quality of life. Families, single people and couples moved into over 350 new affordable houses or flats which were built or purchased. Of these 60% were for affordable rent. 51 properties were built or purchased using over £2.5 million Council capital funding 71 were secured through s106 planning negotiations. Section 106 negotiations during 2005 - 2008 have secured over 200 additional affordable units which are likely to be built in the next few years to provide housing for people in housing need, or who could not afford or access other properties. Over 346 people have been offered advice and assistance through Care and Repair and Home Improvement Agency services. This has helped them to improve their properties and make them more comfortable and safe to live in. Through this, some have been able to remain in their own homes, rather than going into residential care. Over 511 people have been offered advice and assistance on Energy Efficiency and reducing their fuel bills 70 households (including families, single people & couples) have moved into properties which had been empty – but brought back into use through council action. Of these 36 properties have been brought back into use as affordable housing through over £1 million of council funding. 7 Empty Property and Landlord Improvement Grants were given to help and encourage people to buy and renovate empty properties. Total grant expenditure £65,400. Over 117 Home Improvement grants/loans, home repair assistance grants were given to vulnerable households to improve their homes to the governments decent homes standard. The Council contributed £352,000 to this. Over 5000 individuals and families have received homelessness or housing advice. Council staff have helped to prevent 228 households from losing their homes. 470 families, and individuals who were homeless or potentially homeless now have a safe and secure house or flat to live in. 52 additional supported accommodation places have been made available so more vulnerable people have a suitable place to stay, and receive support to help them get on with their lives. 40 more places on floating support schemes have been made available so more vulnerable people can get appropriate support, wherever they are living. 498 households have received Disabled Facilities grants to adapt their properties to meet their needs and to help them live independently. The Council contributed £1.94m to this 4. Partners The production, delivery, implementation and success of the Erewash Fit for Purpose Housing Strategy 2005 – 2008 was delivered by many partner organisations and individuals. This included: Council staff from many different departments Council Members Housing Providers Support Service Providers Social Services Probation and Prison Services Private Landlords Other Local authorities Police Regional and central government bodies Housing Developers Housing Corporation Derbyshire County Council Derbyshire Supporting People Partnership We would like to thank all those Partners and individuals who worked together successfully to improve housing and housing services in Erewash. All of the Actions and progress are outlined in the attached Action Plan Final progress report Copies of the Erewash Housing Strategy 2005 – 2008 can be obtained from Tessa Paul. Housing Strategy Officer, Erewash Borough Council, Development and Regulatory Services Town Hall, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 1HU Phone: 0115 9072269 Fax: 0115 9072267 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org APPENDIX 1 (original Housing Strategy Action Plan – pages 124 – 150 of 2005 – 2008 Housing Strategy) HOUSING STRATEGY 2005 – 2008 ACTION PLAN PROGRESS DOCUMENT FINAL REPORT as at December 2008 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN ACTION PLAN 1 1. Commission an up-to-date housing need Completed Housing Needs study completed January 2007 including an and demand survey, (HNS) including an assessment of rural and BME housing needs assessment of rural and BME housing needs 2. Commission detailed research into key Completed Completed January 2007 as part of HNS above workers and ﬁrst time buyers in the Borough 3. Consider commissioning a joint Housing Completed Nottingham Core Housing Market Assessment completed Market Assessment (HMA )with local January 2007 authority partners 4. Identify a dedicated research and GIS Revised and completed. Using existing IT and technical staff resource to support the strategic housing Ongoing function and develop housing market intelligence to share with RSL partners Page 6 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN 5. Make better use of the Borough Completed & GIS used extensively in the Housing Market Assessment Council’s GIS mapping potential to plot Ongoing and model the Borough’s housing markets 6. Develop and produce housing market Completed Completed December 2006 ward proﬁles to understand and forecast Updated information December 2007 neighbourhood sustainability 7. Develop an economic regeneration Completed & Completed. Adopted 11 July 2007 strategy for the Borough Ongoing ACTION PLAN 2 8. Complete work on the new local Plan Completed Local Plan adopted 2006 and adopt in 2005 9. Begin to develop policies set out in the Completed & Local Development Framework Ongoing Policies and timetable outlined in Annual monitoring report 10. Produce supplementary planning Completed & ongoing Supplementary planning guidance on affordable housing, Research re documents on affordable housing and design & planning obligations adopted April 2006. mobility and design to improve the quality of housing physical and to promote energy efficiency and Other guidance outlined in Annual Monitoring report disability mobility housing housing to be Amendments made re threshold and tenure mix. carried out 2008 – 2010. 11. Produce a Statement of Community Completed Produce and adopted May 2006 Involvement Page 7 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN 12. Produce an annual monitoring report for Completed Submitted December 2006 planning issues in the Borough 13. Move to Three Valleys Housing Completed & Ongoing Shared access to Housing register information from February operating Housing Register on behalf of 2006. Erewash Borough Council Operation of Housing Register through the Choice Based Lettings system from April 2009 14. Explore Low cost Home Ownership Completed & ongoing Shared ownership options explored and being developed New options (LCHO) opportunities across the for Low cost Borough Ongoing discussions regionally and nationally about suitable home Low-cost Home ownership products ownership being considered and implemented. 15. Maximise Borough Council resources to Completed & Ongoing Funds from sale of council land for affordable housing at support Erewash Borough Council Social Beresford Road put into Social Housing Grant for development Housing Grant/Housing Enabling Fund of further social housing. Housing Corporation funding of (SHG) to develop new social housing in nearly £4 million pounds secured for 127 new units of the Borough. Obtain other capital and affordable housing revenue funding (e.g. Housing Corporation funding) November 2007 – Bids in to Housing Corporation 2008-11 – for 107 units £6million approx. 16. Re-assess existing sheltered stock in Three Valleys Housing Asset Management Strategy adopted meeting housing need with Three Valleys Completed & Ongoing June 2007. Housing Page 8 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN Low-demand Sheltered bedsits at Romorantin to be demolished to make way for general needs/wheelchair properties to meet housing need. Three Valleys Housing to continue to assess 17. Review the Borough Council’s private Completed Private sector housing strategy adopted June 2006 and sector housing strategy in light of new reviewed in 2008. stock condition survey information 18. Review the Borough Council’s care and Completed Walbrook Home Improvement Agency appointed from July 06 repair function and explore developing the role with a regionally based Home Improvement Agency (HIA) 19. Explore alternative funding routes for Completed & ongoing Equity release via HIA private sector housing. e.g. equity release 20 Consider a range of mechanisms to bring Completed and ongoing Social Housing Grant being used to bring empty properties empty properties back into use e.g. back into use enforced sale Empty Properties grants being offered to landlords from June 2006 21. Appoint RSL preferred partners Completed Appointed December 2005 Page 9 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN 22. Collate and compile information on all Completed & Ongoing Collated by September 2006 and continuously updated social housing in the Borough 23 Implement Choice Based Lettings Pending Working towards implementation by January 2009. To be Schemes developed on a regional or Receiving DCLG funding to help implement implemented sub-regional basis Still timetabled for April by April 2009. 2009 24. Negotiate with developers and RSLs to Completed & 30% affordable housing negotiated on all s106 sites since achieve 30% affordable housing on new Ongoing October 2005. housing developments, which meet housing need Viability study to confirm or increase percentage – 2008. Normal Tenure mix of affordable housing – addition to affordable housing SPD ACTION PLAN 3 25. Complete a review of the homelessness Completed & Review & New action plan adopted February 2006 strategy Ongoing Strategy review group set up from Sept 07 Consultation Completed May 2008 Adopted July 2008 26. Complete a rough sleepers count Action no longer applicable Decision agreed with ODPM not to complete. 27. Review and amend the policies and Completed & ongoing Move on protocol adopted 11 Jan 2006 procedures relating to the homelessness Bond Guarantee Scheme implemented from 1st Jan 06 and allocations Recharging procedure in place from 1 July 05 Spend to Save Policy adopted in June 2006. Page 10 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN Erewash Partners Joint Working & Information Sharing Protocol in place Draft Erewash Borough Council & RSL Partners Early Warning Protocol to prevent homelessness All completed as at August 2007 All procedures in place 28. Develop a homelessness awareness Completed Actions within Homelessness Action Plan to raise awareness – raising strategy various initiatives ‘Service Users Awareness Raising Plan’ in place. 29. Review and identify improvements for Completed Completed and Bond guarantee scheme in place the Council’s loan deposit scheme 11 Jan 06 30. Deliver our Supporting People Priority Completed & 2 schemes delivered Ongoing Schemes Ongoing 2 schemes funded and partners contracted to deliver by tendering and (see also 40 below) Summer 2007. commissionin g of projects. July 2008 – Supporting People funding agreed in principle for Home Improvement Agency, Single Homeless Hostel, Teenage parents project, Drug and Alcohol extension to pre- tenancy/floating support. Delays to tendering and commissioning due to Supporting People staff shortages 32. Assessing the housing and support Completed needs Derbyshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment of gypsies and travellers Published June 2008 Page 11 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN 33. Improve monitoring systems to Completed & Ongoing New systems and improved database from October 2006 effectively gather information on the levels of homelessness in the Borough Repeat homelessness being monitored and introduce monitoring systems for repeat homelessness 34. Ensure adequate mediation services are Completed & Reviewed mediation services. New service provider being available by undertaking a review of Ongoing used. service provision To monitor ongoing need 35. Develop a resettlement and tenancy Completed Review of existing RSL tenancy support carried out & good support to new tenants to ensure the practice shared smooth transition from temporary to permanent accommodation, to reduce Floating support scheme being offered to all vulnerable the numbers of repeat homelessness tenants identified 36. Establish a joint protocol for sharing Completed & Ongoing Several existing and new joint protocols, including: information between Health and Social Care leavers protocol Hospital Services and undertake a review of all Erewash joint agency referral process discharge protocols with other agencies Erewash Partners joint working & information sharing protocol protocol awaiting sign off 37. Carry out a detailed assessment of BME Completed but further work Housing Needs study completed January 2007 Further focus housing needs as part of the housing needed Further focused work to be carried out asap work likely needs and demand study 2009-10 38. Consider other measures to prevent Some completed Measures adopted – home visits, dedicated prevention officer, homelessness, e.g. Outreach home Long Eaton office outreach, Three Valleys Housing outreach visits, further mediation, approved private Pending – Timetable bus, promotion of private letting, Connexions. renting lettings schemes, accredited revised to March 2008 to landlord schemes (ALS), sanctuary enable further initiatives to New measures: Page 12 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN schemes for people at risk of domestic be explored. Spend to save scheme. Schools programme. Texting service. violence Promotion of other housing options at all leisure facilities. Sanctuary scheme being developed – see 48. 39. Increase the provision of a wider range Completed & Ongoing Leased temporary accommodation increased to 18 of temporary accommodation Emergency and short-term single homeless hostel opened. 40. Increase the number of ﬂoating support Completed & Temporary supported accommodation increased by 38 places schemes and supported accommodation Ongoing through 4 delivered/progressing supported accommodation for vulnerable people schemes (see also 30 above) Ongoing monitoring of need 41. Assess the current housing and support Completed but further work Vulnerable People Housing Assessment on website August Older People needs of all vulnerable groups needed 2007. – further focus work . 2009/10. See also actions 10; 32; 37 ACTION PLAN 4 42. Complete the Long Eaton masterplan Completed Completed December 2006 exercise and appoint a preferred developer partner Page 13 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN 43. Establish a cross tenure neighbour Completed Established nuisance team and co-ordinate anti social behaviour response with Three valleys Housing 44. In partnership with the crime and Pending Community community safety team, we will develop Neighbourhood Profiles developed for all areas - owned and Forums to area action plans to focus services and Timetable revised to March lead by the police Safer Neighbourhood teams and reviewed develop area investment on improving neighbourhoods 2009 as area action plans by the community at neighbourhood panel meetings action plans and the environment now to be developed by Community Forums. Community Impact Assessments and Area Action plans now to be developed by Community Forums Cotmanhay Neighbourhood Management Group already has an Improvement Plan to tackle some of the ASB issues. Awaiting launch of community forums – who then to develop area action plans. 45. Extend the Mansﬁeld mediation service Completed Mediation service contract extended but with a new contractor 46. Carry out a review of the Council’s anti Pending Improvements made to anti-social behaviour service: Review of social behaviour service and develop a Timetable for review of Mainstreaming by EBC of the ASB Co-ordinator post/joint service – by strategy that will help to tackle anti social service revised to March working with the police officers who work to tackle ASB. March 2009 behaviour and make neighbourhoods 2009 to allow for new joint being redeveloped safer places working to progress. The Strategy for tackling anti-social behaviour is incorporated Timetable for protocol – into Community Safety Partnership Plan which outlines the final by May 2008. Strategic Direction and Action Plans Page 14 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN Service standard – produced. Protocol – Produced May 2008. To be reviewed May 2009. Priorities and actions for delivery - agreed for 08/09 47. Working with the Council’s private Ongoing Information of ASB in all tenures recorded. landlord forum, we will research the incidence of anti social behaviour in the private rented sector 48. Consider sanctuary schemes and other Pending July 2007 -group formed – Homeless, Community Safety, DV Awaiting measures to protect people at risk of co-ordinator. Firming up proposals and funding for sanctuary countywide domestic violence, to remain safely at scheme. implementatio home Timetable revised to April n of 2010 following decision to At May 2008 – Via Derbyshire Homelessness officers group Sanctuary implement on Countywide and in the East Midlands Homelessness Strategy - agreed to schemes by basis implement sanctuary schemes on a co-ordinated Countywide April 2010 basis. Derby City taking co-ordination role. Agreed to be implemented by April 2010 ACTION PLAN 5 49. Ensure that the implementation of the Completed & Process in place to report progress of Housing Strategy Housing Strategy contributes to the Ongoing through the Councils Service Effectiveness Scrutiny. Council's 3 year Corporate Plan and aims to meet the targets set within it New Corporate plan demonstrates Housing Strategy contribution 50. All officers involved in the Housing Ongoing & Best Value review completed. Strategy to adopt best practice of work Pending procedures and auditing systems to Page 15 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN challenge work practices Ongoing work re work practices and procedures 51. Ensure effective performance Completed & Integrated actions in service plan management of the Housing Strategy via Ongoing Report progress through Service Effectiveness Scrutiny the Forward Plan, Directorate Delivery Plans and Performance Development Review process 52. Work with our partners within the Completed & Lead Member for Community Services with responsibility for Housing Derbyshire Local Area Agreement Ongoing housing on Local Strategic Partnership Board (LSP) Strand of LSP planned for Director of Development and Regulatory services (with 2009 responsibility for housing) – Chair & on executive of safer and stronger communities sub group Out-turn summary of Community Safety Officer on executive for safer and stronger LSP to be put communities. on website Regeneration (including Housing initiatives) for Ilkeston North being co-ordinated through the LSP Feedback from LSP on every Agenda of Housing & Homeless Forum. Summary of Housing and Homeless Forum to LSP via LSP reps (Sue Blakeley, Cllr Hart) 35 Performance Indicators Agreed Page 16 of 17 POSITION AS AT DETAILS CARRIED December 2008 FORWARD ACTION TO 2009-10 ACTION PLAN 53 Following the Budget allocation, clarify Completed Completed in Three Year Plan the Council's spending and priorities on housing related projects from 2006/07 onwards. Taking into account the spending of capital receipts from Right to Buy sales, and from sales of Council Land Page 17 of 17
"Final Report on the Erewash Housing Strategy - Erewash Borough Council"