Strategies for housing
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.
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.
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.
The Housing Revenue Account Business Plan - Sets out our plans for managing the Council's stock of 3,931 properties.
The Forward Planning Team - Is responsible for the Adopted Rugby Borough Local Plan and for the production of the local development framework (which will replace the Local Plan in providing the future planning framework for the Borough).
Local Investment Plan - Local Investment Planning is the way in which the national housing and regeneration agency, the Homes and Communities Agency, supports local authorities to develop and implement plans for places and communities. The resultant plan is designed to achieve more efficient local investment decision-making in line with locally determined priorities.
The plan is intended to provide a clear and consistent narrative about the rationale for the identified investment priorities, including evidence of the local economic, social, demographic and environmental needs that will be addressed, as well as a framework for making choices and determining priorities to make changes within limited resources.
If you have any queries regarding any of our strategies and business plans then please contact:
Michelle Dickson - Housing and Community Development Team LeaderTel: 01788 533843
John Hier Strategic - Housing ManagerTel: 01788 533620
Private sector housing and Empty property strategies
Pages in Strategies for housing
- You are here: Housing Strategies
- Implementing the Housing Strategy Action Plan during 2013