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Strategies for housing

Housing Strategies

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An important part of the Council's obligations in respect of housing is to develop various strategies and plans to help meet housing needs within the borough. The strategies also have to reflect regional and national priorities for housing.

The strategy aims to:

  • Address the housing needs and aspirations of the community
  • Establish the Councils priorities for housing and detail how these will be met
  • Provide robust evidence of housing needs
  • Influence the development of affordable housing
  • Influence improvements to the Borough's existing housing stock 
  • Help to manage properties effectively and improve services
  • Reduce disadvantage
  • Ensure special needs groups needs are addressed
  • Provide advice, support and information to the community
  • Include an action-plan for delivering the strategy

Progress on the strategy

The Homelessness Strategy - Sets out the priorities of the Council and other agencies in Rugby for tackling homelessness issues within the borough between 2008 and 2013. The strategy also contains an action-plan setting out clear targets on activities in respect of homelessness prevention and responding to homelessness when it occurs.

The council is in the process of producing a new homelessness strategy for 2015-2018. This will be considered by Cabinet in April 2015.

Tenancy Strategy - This is a joint strategy of Rugby Borough Council, Warwick District Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council

The strategy has been developed in response to:

  • The requirements of the Localism Act 2011 - Section 150 (1) to (8)
  • The associated new freedoms that the Act gives councils for determining how local housing needs are best met, particularly in terms of fixed term tenancies and affordable rents
  • The New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing in England from April 2012 issued by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The Localism Act 2011 sets out the issues, administration procedures and time frames to be followed by councils when developing their Tenancy Strategies.  The strategy will commence from January 2013.

The Act requires that Registered Providers of affordable housing must "have regard" to the local Tenancy Strategy, when formulating their policies relating to the:

  • Type and length of tenancies that they grant;
  • Circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy of a particular type;
  • Circumstances in which they will grant a further tenancy at the end of an existing tenancy.
As Registered Providers stockholding councils must also have regard to the Tenancy Strategy in exercising their housing management function.

NOTE: Throughout this strategy the term "private registered provider" refers to housing associations only whereas "registered provider" includes the landlord councils as well as the housing associations.

If you have any queries regarding any of our strategies and business plans then please contact:

Michelle Dickson - Housing and Community Development Team Leader

Tel: (01788) 533843

John Hier - Strategic Housing Manager

Tel: (01788) 533620

Private sector housing and Empty property strategies

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  2. Implementing the Housing Strategy Action Plan during 2013-2015