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									         Housing theme Group                                                                                                                                            Lead Organisation: Rossendale Borough Council




                                             Strategic Objective: By 2020 Rossendale will offer a choice of well maintained and affordable housing for all residents


Objective                                               More affordable homes available

                                                        Detailed information about housing needs and markets. A mixed and affordable housing market offering a range of quality options for any person wanting to buy
Outcome of objective
                                                        or rent.


Baseline Position                                       2004/05 Housing Needs Survey finalised and picture developing.




Target                                                  Baseline (incl date)                                       Target 06/07            What are the action to meet this target/Next milestone      Lead Champion


Develop and implement an affordable housing                                                                                                Finalise draft strategy and send out to all key partners    Gary Parson
                                                        Currently under development                                Strategy by Aug 2006
strategy by August 2006                                                                                                                    and members for consultation in July/Aug 06.                (RBC)


Increase amount of affordable housing. 352 affordable                                                                                      Continue to work with RSL partners and zone agents to       Gary Parson
                                                      70 affordable homes in 2006/07                               70 affordable homes
homes, 70pa for 5 years starting 2005-10                                                                                                   increase number of affordable housing                       (RBC)

                                                                                                                                           Continue working with PH2K and greenvale through the
Increase corporation funding at next and future bidding                                                                                                                                                Gary Parson
                                                        Current funding is zero                                    £690,000                affordable housing trust fund set up as a result of stock
rounds 2006/7/8.                                                                                                                                                                                       (RBC)
                                                                                                                                           transfer.

Section 106 Policy introduced which establishes                                                                                            Gary Parsons to liase with Linda Fisher to set up a         Linda Fisher,
                                                        Report/policy needs to be developed                        Policy by Dec 06
affordable housing targets by April 2006                                                                                                   working group to take this forward                          RBC




                                                     Consultation throughout the Borough has indicated that affordability of housing is an issue. the Borough profile is distorted for those aged between 20 - 35 and
Why did we choose this objective? What evidence
                                                     increasing the number of affordable homes may help stem the loss of young people from the valley. Therefore, this is a priority within the Community Strategy,
have you used to decide upon the actions you need to
                                                     the Council Corporate Improvement Plan and the Housing Strategy. Evidence of baselines and targets have been derived from the housing needs and market
take?
                                                     assessment report in 2005 and the housing strategy as well as the strategic housing units improvement plan.
       Housing theme Group                                                                                                                                                Lead Organisation: Rossendale Borough Council




                                                      Development of the Affordable Housing Strategy began during 2005 - 2006 following GONW approval of the Council's new Housing Strategy. Partnerships
                                                      within the LSP Housing Theme Group have supported bids to the Housing Corporation which has resulted in an allocation of £690,000 for 2006-8 with an
What progress has been made since April 2005
                                                      additional reserve scheme in place for £655000. This is Rossendale's first major allocation of Housing Corporation resources for around 6 years. In addition a
                                                      further 8 untis of affordable housing have been achieved through a partnership with Plumlife.




                                                      The group has learnt the importance of the need for a sound section 106 agreement in place to help negotiations with developers for %'s of affordable housing
What have we learnt from delivering this objective?
                                                      and also that the housing needs a market assessment will need updating with 07/08 financial year if not sooner.




                                                      Going to start development of Affordable housing through the £690000 housing corporation funding to deliver 22 units and also work with Plumlife to develop
What are we going to do in 06/07?                     some of the 8 units designated for Rossendale. Continue partnerships with RSL's, particularly Greenvale Homes, to achieve the levels of affordable homes
                                                      needed.



                                                      Barriers to delivery has been funding and more importantly the current moratorium
                                                      the council have on residential buildings at the moment due to the current situation Other barriers is lack of section 106 policy in place to negotiate with
Barriers to delivery of action
                                                      of oversupply. This has meant that we can only focus on bringing current empty       developers and update information
                                                      homes back into use.



                                                      Develop a robust s106 agreement policy and update the HNMA survey report 2005
Possible Solution
                                                      in the 07/08 financial year or late in the 06/07 period



                                                      Consider the inclusion of a sum of money within the Housing capital Programme
Action for Improvement                                that can be used for giving loans to first time buyers and people on the Council
                                                      housing register to enable them to afford certain types of housing in Rossendale
            Housing Theme Group




                                                  Strategic Objective: By 2020 Rossendale will offer a choice of well maintained and affordable housing for all residents



Objective                                                   Improved choice in older people's housing options



Outcome of objective                                        Choice of high quality housing options for older people.



Baseline Position                                           Rossendale's population is ageing and demand for appropriate accommodation is steadily increasing.




                         Target                                                   Baseline (incl date)                             Target 06/07        What are the action to meet this target/Next milestone    Lead Champion



                                                                                                                           Draft strategy             Develop inter- agency working group to establish and
                                                            No clear strategy on provision of extra care housing for older                                                                                      Peter Johnson -
Implement Extra Care Sheltered Housing Strategy                                                                            available by March         evidence projected need for extra care units and
                                                            people                                                                                                                                              Greenvale Homes
                                                                                                                           2007                       develop strategy.


                                                                                                                                            Gary Parsons to liaise with other agencies about
Develop a Rossendale Housing Strategy for older people This strategy would be inclusive within supported housing strategy under objective 5 preparing this strategy through LSP housing theme
                                                                                                                      Dec-06                                                                                    Gary Parsons
                                                                                                                                            group


                                                            Little use of new technology in improving residents ability to
Develop an action plan for the use of assistive                                                                                Draft Action Plan by Scoping Paper to be developed by December 2006.             Judith Rea -
                                                            remain in own home or adapt homes to provide extra care
technology                                                                                                                     March 2007           Following which Action Plan to be formulated.               Greenvale Homes
                                                            facilities


                                                            Yearly allocation for Disabled Facilities Grants is fully utilised. Evaluation draft by   Evaluation of impact and processes for delivering DFG's John Molyneux -
Evaluate the impact of aids and adaptations policy
                                                            Demand is increasing creating waiting lists.                        January 2007          to be undertaken.                                       RBC




                                                            Around 15% of Rossendale's population is aged over 65 with over 40% being aged over 45. With the loss of younger age groups from the valley the demand for
Why did we choose this objective? What evidence have
                                                            housing more appropriate for this age group is growing. In addition, there is a priority to enable people to continue to live independently in their own home and
you used to decide upon the actions you need to take?
                                                            provide a suitable range of alternative choices within the housing market.
           Housing Theme Group




What progress has been made since April 2005          This is a new objective for 2005 - 2006 and little progress has so far been made.




What have we learnt from delivering this objective?   More emphasis need to be given to this area of work and a working group established to drive the objective forward.




                                                      Whilst there has been limited progress, a new extra care scheme will be developed during 2006/2007 through the conversion of an existing sheltered facility by
What are we going to do in 06/07?
                                                      Greenvale Homes. We will also establish a multi-agency working group to develop this objective.




                                                      Whilst, the new development has been agreed with the County Council they have
                                                      so far been unable to identify funding for the care element. There may be staffing
Barriers to delivery of action
                                                      resource issues which may prevent commitment of time to the propose working
                                                      group.


                                                      Work need to be undertaken with the County Council to identify funding for the new
Possible Solution                                     scheme. Garner commitment from appropriate agencies to participate in a working
                                                      group with a detailed work plan.



                                                      A multi agency working group needs to be established (including representatives
Action for Improvement                                from Lancashire County Council) to develop a robust strategy and identify funding
                                                      opportunities.
Housing Theme Group
        Housing Theme Group




                                                     Strategic Objective: By 2020 Rossendale will offer a choice of well maintained and affordable housing for all residents


Objective                                                   Interventions that decrease the number of homeless people



Outcome of objective                                        The development of a proactive and seamless service to reduce incidents of homelessness and provide a customer focussed service



                                                            Homelessness and housing advice service now outsourced to Greenvale Homes. Decrease in the number of Rossendale BC ? Greenvale Homes properties available for
Baseline Position
                                                            homeless people




                          Target                                                    Baseline inlc date                           Target 06/07            What are the action to meet this target/Next milestone        Lead Champion

Review homelessness strategy and implement action plan      Strategy currently in version 3 and needs updating
by Jan 2007                                                                                                                  Review and
                                                                                                                                                   Update homelessness strategy and drive delivery of action plan
                                                                                                                             implement by Jan                                                                        Gary Parsons
                                                                                                                                                  via multi agency strategic forum and operational working groups
                                                                                                                             07

Increase the number of empty properties brought back into 1597 properties empty of which 30 more brought Back into use
use                                                       in 05/06                                                                               Continued enforcement action of private landlords and the use of
                                                                                                                             Increase by 5 to 35 new powers under the housing act 2004 to tackle dwellings that      Gary Parsons
                                                                                                                                                 have been vacant for more than 6 months

Develop use of Bond Schemes                                 The Council bond scheme has been operating successfully
                                                            since April 2005: 14 bonds have been issued                      Increase number of
                                                                                                                             bonds issued to    To continue to develop the Bond scheme in conjunction with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Alan Dorrington
                                                                                                                             young people under landlord accreditation
                                                                                                                             25




Why did we choose this objective? What evidence have you This objective was chosen because it provides a framework for effective partnerships to address the needs of vulnerable homeless people, it is also statutory duty and is a
used to decide upon the actions you need to take?        priority within the Council Housing Strategy. Evidence used has been BVPP 2006 information and also the strategic housing improvement plan.
         Housing Theme Group




                                                      Delivery of the 2004 Homelessness Strategy has strengthened partnerships in this area and in 2005/06 enabled the provision of a further dwelling for rent, to use as move on
                                                      accommodation for 16-25year old homeless people which is managed through the M3 partnership. The statutory homeless ness function has been strengthened through the
                                                      development of a Service Level Agreement with the new service provider Greenvale Homes.


What progress has been made since April 2005
                                                      Delivery of the 2004 Homelessness Strategy has strengthened partnerships in this area and in 2005/06 enabled the provision of a further dwelling for rent, to use as move on
                                                      accommodation for 16-25year old homeless people which is managed through the M3 partnership. The statutory homeless ness function has been strengthened through the
                                                      development of a Service Level Agreement with the new service provider Greenvale Homes.




                                                      The financial resources available are insufficient to deliver the homelessness prevention agenda and therefore reinforces the need for effective multi agency partnership
What have we learnt from delivering this objective?
                                                      working. This is an area the Housing Theme Group will concentrate on during 2006/2007 and will be a key element in the revision of the Homelessness Strategy.



                                                      The group will continue to strengthen partnerships in order to increase the levels of move on accommodation that are available for homeless people. The group will oversee
                                                      the development of the homeless strategy for the next 3 years and set up the operational working group for homelessness to discuss issues arising and to maintain
What are we going to do in 06/07?
                                                      homelessness action plan on a regular basis. The group will also have a role in monitoring the relationship between the Council and Greenvale Homes to ensure
                                                      homelessness service is performing efficiently.



Barriers to delivery of action                        Lack of internal staff capacity to deliver strategic and operational priorities.




                                                      Reappoint consultant using strategic housing revenue to update the homelessness
                                                      strategy and drive delivery of action plan in the short term (up to end of March 2007).   Ensure that the homelessness service is fully staffed to 3 officers and one manager as
Possible Solution
                                                      Ensure that Greenvale Homes has sufficient internal capacity, as detailed in service                    per the service level agreement Greenvale and the Council
                                                      level agreement, to deliver on strategic and operational tasks from April 2007.



                                                      Generate awareness of the new homelessness and housing advice service and carry
                                                      out rebranding exercise. Produce new leaflets to put in one stop shop and update the
                                                       Council and company websites with information on new homelessness and housing .Update the internet with new information on homelessness service including details of
Action for Improvement
                                                            advice service. Ensure that the homelessness and housing advice service        all service providers and links.
                                                        communicates effectively with the Council and other partners. Develop improved
                                                               linkages between partners to provide holistic service to the homeless
Housing Theme Group




                                                   Strategic Objective: By 2020 Rossendale will offer a choice of well maintained and affordable housing for all residents



Objective                                                        More housing choice and opportunities for young people



Outcome of objective                                             Reduction in the number of young homeless people and increase in the number of tenancies being offered to this group.


                                                                 Rossendale M3 can allocate temporary supported lodgings with host families; Stepping Stone can provide floating support to 28 young people; Stoneham's
Baseline Position
                                                                 Rossendale Project has 14 units of accommodation.




Target                                                           Baseline (incl date)                                       Target 06/07      What are the action to meet this target/Next milestone             Lead Champion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alan Dorrington –
                                                                 Young people currently don't have a huge choice of                                                                                              M3 Project
Review provisions as part of the development of choice based     accommodation. Need to look at emergency                                     Utilise the pending review of the Rossendale Homelessness
lettings                                                         accommodation as this is where the problems all start.                       Strategy to explore increasing the provision for young people
                                                                 Barriers to accessing private sector still remain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alan Dorrington –
                                                                                                                                              To work with the Blackburn YMCA to develop Move On                 M3 project
                                                                 Currently 01 unit of move on accommodation. Lottery Bid
Provide 5 additional units of move on accommodation.                                                                                          Accommodation. Blackburn YMCA have pledges Capital to
                                                                 for revenue funding for project involving 5 more.
                                                                                                                                              provide another




                                                                 In Rossendale, emergency accommodation provision fro YP is severely limited as is move-on accomdation for young people who have been homeless. Housing
                                                                 Needs and Market Assessment 2004/2005:The Homelessness Strategy notes the inherent lack of social housing available to address the need and demand from
                                                                 the housing register waiting list and the needs of homeless people and families. The biggest problem is the need for (emergency) temporary accommodation and
                                                                 accommodation for young people.There has been a consistent increase in the homelessness of 16/17 year olds and youth homelessness continues to be a big
Why did we choose this objective? What evidence have you used
                                                                 problem in the Borough. Rossendale Borough Council Housing Strategy 2005-2008:When the Homelessness Strategy was developed in 2003 it wasnoted that there
to decide upon the actions you need to take?
                                                                 is an inherent lack of social housing available toaddress the need and demand from the housing register waiting listand the needs of homeless people and families.
                                                                 Since summer 2003,the problem has intensified and housing need has become moreacute.Supply of Council & RSL housing is under significant pressure, with
                                                                 people on the waiting list reaching levels of 2233, and vacant properties at an all time low.There was a 100% increase in 16/17 year olds presenting themselves as
                                                                 homeless from 2002/03 to 2003/04.
Housing Theme Group




                                                      Partnership between RBC, Rossendale M3 Project and Ashiana to provide move-on accommodation for previously homeless YP 16 -25

                                                      With Accrington and Rossendale College to develop Independent Living Skills Course - The living skills course was put together in conjunction with ourselves and
                                                      piloted in Rawtenstall. It folded before the course finished due to low numbers of M3 young people, but is currently being offered to all young people in and around
                                                      Rossendale/Accrington by ACCROSS college

                                                      Examples of good partnership working: 1) RBC, Ashiana for move-on trainer flat - Trainer flat is in Haslingden. Owned by Ashiana but they couldn't let and were
                                                      looking to sell. Worked with Gary Parsons to secure for 1 year to allow young people from M3 supported lodgings to try independent living with support from M3 (for
What progress has been made since April 2005
                                                      say 6 months) whilst we look for a more permanent tenancy for them with RSl or private landlord or Greenvale. We can then evidence for a prospective landlord that
                                                      they are good tenants and competant.
                                                      2) With Stepping Stone for seamless transfer of YP from temporary lodgings to accommodation with floating support - over the last 12 months 4 young people have
                                                      moved on to Stepping Stone as part of a planned process of living independently. We have had a protocol agreement with them on how to work together to help
                                                      young people.

                                                      3) With District Youth and Community Service - stafffing of Info Shop sessions by M3 and Youth Workers to provide advice and info around housing options for YP -
                                                      estimate that 30 -40 young people would have received housing advice from sessions 2x week in Rawtenstall and 1x week in Bacup over last 12 months.




What have we learnt from delivering this objective?   The frustration of trying to increase provision when resources are not available to meet the needs




                                                      Awaiting outcome of Lottery Bid for 6 units overall - revenue from Lottery for peer support project for YP on move-on accommodation and capital from Blackburn
What are we going to do in 06/07?                     YMCA to buy 5 properties. Also need to develop further partnerships similar to the one listed above, but with other RSLs to provide move-on trainer flats. More use of
                                                      Bond Scheme by Young people.




                                                      No funding for RBC to pay rent for year upfront to RSL to secure properties.
Barriers to delivery of action                        HB/rent pays this money back however. Rossendale M3 only funded by SP to
                                                      work within supported lodgings and not floating support/move-on



                                                      Identify funding to secure rent upfront to enter in partnership with RSLs or
Possible Solution                                     private landlords to provide dedicated move-on accommodation for young
                                                      people who have been homeless



                                                      The Rossendale Youth Housing and Support Group will continue to lobby and
Action for Improvement                                use the Housing and Homelessness Strategies to try and secure an
                                                      improvement in the provision
       Housing Theme Group




                                                                   Strategic Objective: By 2020 Rossendale will offer a choice of well maintained and affordable housing for all residents


Objective                                                    More housing related support services for people who are vulnerable or 'at risk'.


Outcome of objective                                         Increased opportunities for independent living for these people



Baseline Position                                            Coordinated approach towards Supporting People still needs setting up in Rossendale




                             Target                                                 Baseline inlc date                             Target 06/07            What are the action to meet this target/Next milestone                          Lead Champion



                                                                                                                               Produce supported
                                                                                                                               housing strategy by
Develop medium and long term Supporting People Strategy by   Strategy not started yet, however important links have been       in conjunction with
                                                                                                                                                   Research and write supported housing strategy                                            Gary Parsons
August                                                       made with LCC Supporting People (3.4.06)                          homelessness
                                                                                                                               strategy by January
                                                                                                                               2007




                                                             This objective was chosen because it responds to the national priority for supporting people and it is also a priority action point within the Council housing strategy. Development of the strategy may also
Why did we choose this objective? What evidence have you
                                                             lead to additional resources being allocated to projects within the borough and will also strengthen partnerships within this area. Evidence is based on consultation with current service providers
used to decide upon the actions you need to take?
                                                             highlighting the lack of staffing resources available and the need to get strategy developed.




                                                             In April 2006 the Council transferred its housing stock and the responsibility for supporting people was passed to the strategic housing team. Important links have been made with supporting people
                                                             officers at Lancashire County Council and we have developed an agreement with Burnley Borough Council that they will act as the 'buddying partner' for Rossendale which will improve the effectiveness of
                                                             both Local Authorities in this area and ensure linkages with the County are maintained.
What progress has been made since April 2005


                                                             An appropriate consultant has been engaged to produce a supported housing strategy for Rossendale; the consultant has recently produced a supported housing strategy for a neighbouring borough.




                                                             Lack of staffing capacity is an issue. there is a need to ensure and maintain effective dialogue between partners, the Council and the County Council. There is an urgent need for a robust strategy to be
What have we learnt from delivering this objective?          developed locally in order to 'localise' the objectives and priorities within the County Council's Supporting People Strategy. There may also be a need for an additional staffing resource to develop work in
                                                             this area.




                                                             Write and publish the Rossendale Supported Housing Strategy that will be the local interpretation and plan for implementing the Lancashire Supporting People Strategy. Identify an appropriate dedicated
What are we going to do in 06/07?
                                                             officer to concentrate on Supporting People issues.
        Housing Theme Group




Barriers to delivery of action   Insufficient staffing resources and related revenue support




                                 1)Appoint appropriate consultant to research and write strategy document. 2) LSP
                                 housing Theme Group to identify potential revenue sources to contribute to
Possible Solution                employment of 1 officer to develop the local supporting people agenda. 3) Ensure
                                 that Greenvale Homes has sufficient internal capacity, as detailed in service level
                                 agreement, to deliver on strategic and operational tasks from April 2007.



                                 The group has included supporting people as a standard agenda item to enable
                                 continued monitoring through the group in the absence of an officer. The group will
Action for Improvement
                                 also investigate potential sources of revenue funding for the engagement of an
                                 officer to work on the supporting people agenda.
         Housing Theme Group




                                                     Strategic Objective: By 2020 Rossendale will offer a choice of well maintained and affordable housing for all residents


Objective                                                     Neighbourhoods and Communities that people choose


Outcome of objective                                          To create successful environments in which people choose to live and work


                                                              There is a discrepancy across the borough interims of house price, living and environmental standards and the economic viability and activity of neighbourhood, town and
Baseline Position
                                                              village centres.



Target                                                        Baseline (incl date)                                          Target 06/07       What are the action to meet this target/Next milestone                Lead Champion


                                                                                                                Aim to have a co-
                                                                                                                ordinated
                                                                                                                approach to       Neighbourhood Management Action Plan to be developed by
More effective/responsive management of service delivery      Neighbourhood Management and NEAT Teams have been
                                                                                                                Neighbourhood March 2007 following consultation with service recipients and                          To be confirmed
within Neighbourhoods                                         established
                                                                                                                Management        providers.
                                                                                                                across the
                                                                                                                Borough

                                                          £3million invested through HMR programme as at 31st               Deliver approved
To deliver the Housing Market Renewal Programme in Bacup,                                                                                    LSP Housing Theme Group to monitor delivery of programme,
                                                          March 2006. A further allocation of £4million awarded or          programme £1.8                                                                           Steve Jackson (RBC)
Stacksteads & Britannia                                                                                                                      associated outputs and outcomes.
                                                          2006 - 2008.                                                      million 2006/07

                                                                                                                                             LSP Housing Theme Group to monitor delivery of programme,
                                                                                                                            Deliver approved
To finalise delivery of the Haslingden (Blackburn Road)       2006/ 2007 is the last year of the renewal area which had                      associated outputs and outcomes.LSP Housing Theme Group will
                                                                                                                            programme of                                                                  John Molyneux (RBC)
Renewal Area                                                  invested xxxx to date                                                          also consider development of an 'Forward Strategy' following
                                                                                                                            £100,000
                                                                                                                                             completion of area renewal activities.


                                                              70% of homes in Private sector meet Decent Homes                                 Monitoring of Equity Release Loan programme and further
To ensure decent homes targets are met                                                                                                                                                                               John Molyneux (RBC)
                                                              Standard as at 31st March 2006                                                   development of scheme through review.




                                                              The borough contains areas of affluence in the West and yet areas of low demand and unpopular neighbourhoods in the East. The Census information provides evidence
Why did we choose this objective? What evidence have you
                                                              that this effects not only housing conditions, but also life expectancy, health, economic activity and educational attainment. It is essential that this imbalance is addressed
used to decide upon the actions you need to take?
                                                              and this is a key issue within the community strategy itself.
       Housing Theme Group




                                                      Many of the LSP Theme groups work includes addressing the issues raised above. The Housing Theme Group forms part of the linkages to take effective action through
                                                      its objectives. Since April 2005 a further £1.8 million has been delivered through the HMR Pathfinder Programme and £200,000 delivered in renewal activity in
What progress has been made since April 2005
                                                      Haslingden. In addition, an Equity Release Loan scheme has been developed in partnership with West Pennine Housing Association and Houseproud to addredd the
                                                      issue of non decent housing in the private sector.




                                                      Addressing the imbalance requires a co-ordinated approach to service delivery and investment. Housing renewal activities need to be maintained in order to build
What have we learnt from delivering this objective?
                                                      confidence within communities and restore pride of place.




                                                      Monitor the delivery of the HMR and housing renewal activity. Provide input into the development of future HMR and housing renewal activity. Develop a neighbourhood
What are we going to do in 06/07?
                                                      Management Action Plan.




                                                      Availability of future funding. Ability and resource to effectively engage with
Barriers to delivery of action
                                                      communities at a neighbourhood level.




                                                      Approaches need to be sustainable. More effective communication and
Possible Solution                                     promotion of activities. Restoring pride and ownership within neighbourhoods
                                                      may lead to stronger more sustainable communities



                                                      Increasing community involvement in development of renewal activities and
Action for Improvement
                                                      service delivery to enhance sustainability

								
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