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Homelessness, Housing and Tenancy Strategy 2014 - 2017

Meeting: 13/04/2015 - Cabinet (Item 140)

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Report of Head of Regeneration and Housing

 

Purpose of report

 

To seek approval of the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy for South Northamptonshire.

 

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That, subject to the following minor amendments, South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 (annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book be approved:

·         Addition of an action regarding consultation with and understanding of neighbouring authorities and probation service equivalent strategies and their implications for South Northamptonshire Council

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), the additional post within the Private Sector Housing Team to be subject to prior approval of a business case

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), rephrase the bullet point regarding council tax rules to refer to the application of the appropriate council tax discretions

·         Update to reflect the adoption and provisions of the Joint Core Strategy

 

(2)          That authority be delegated to the Director of Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Regeneration and Housing, to finalise South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 prior to publication.

Minutes:

The Head of Regeneration and Housing submitted a report which sought approval of the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy for South Northamptonshire.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That, subject to the following minor amendments, South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 (annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book be approved:

·         Addition of an action regarding consultation with and understanding of neighbouring authorities and probation service equivalent strategies and their implications for South Northamptonshire Council

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), the additional post within the Private Sector Housing Team to be subject to prior approval of a business case

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), rephrase the bullet point regarding council tax rules to refer to the application of the appropriate council tax discretions

·         Update to reflect the adoption and provisions of the Joint Core Strategy

 

(2)          That authority be delegated to the Director of Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Regeneration and Housing, to finalise South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 prior to publication.

 

Reasons

 

Under homelessness legislation local housing authorities are required to carry out a      review of homelessness in their district then formulate and publish a homelessness strategy based on its results. Although not a statutory requirement it is good practice to produce a housing strategy to set out how the Council will work to address housing need across all tenures within their district. The Housing and Homelessness Strategy will ensure the Council meets statutory requirements and complies with good practice. The strategy also clearly sets out the Council’s vision for housing in South Northamptonshire.

 

Alternative Options

 

Cabinet members can decide not to approve the Housing & Homelessness Strategy and reject the recommendation but it is a statutory requirement to have an up to date Homelessness Strategy. Also a lack of strategic direction regarding housing issues is likely to result in limited control over the local housing market.