Agenda item

Draft Housing Strategy 2019-22

Report of Executive Director: Operations

 

Purpose of report

 

To allow Cabinet to consider and provide comments on the draft Housing Strategy 2019-2022, Action Plan and appendices and seek approval of the document for public consultation for 4 weeks in April and May 2019.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve the draft Strategy as an accurate reflection of South Northamptonshire Council’s priorities and ambitions for meeting the housing needs of our communities.

 

1.2         To approve the draft Housing Strategy Action Plan which sets out key actions for delivery in 2019/20.

 

1.3         To approve proposals for the public consultation phase before adoption of the final Strategy in June 2019.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the draft Housing Strategy 2019-22 be approved as an accurate reflection of South Northamptonshire Council’s priorities and ambitions for meeting the housing needs of our communities.

 

(2)          That the draft Housing Strategy Action Plan which sets out key actions for delivery in 2019/20 be approved.

 

(3)          That  proposals for the public consultation phase before adoption of the final Strategy in June 2019 be approved.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director: Operations submitted a report to allow Cabinet to consider and provide comments on the draft Housing Strategy 2019-2022, Action Plan and appendices and seek approval of the document for public consultation for 4 weeks in April and May 2019.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the draft Housing Strategy 2019-22 be approved as an accurate reflection of South Northamptonshire Council’s priorities and ambitions for meeting the housing needs of our communities.

 

(2)            That the draft Housing Strategy Action Plan which sets out key actions for delivery in 2019/20 be approved.

 

(3)            That  proposals for the public consultation phase before adoption of the final Strategy in June 2019 be approved.

 

Reasons

 

It is not a statutory requirement to have a Housing Strategy but is seen as good practice in setting out the council’s priorities and plans for meeting housing need based on a robust evidence base.  We expect the Housing Strategy to guide and influence partners, particularly developers and registered providers, in helping to deliver quality housing that meets our community’s needs and enables them to live healthy, positive lives.  We expect the final Strategy to be a material consideration in planning decisions and the development of planning policy.  The strategy will also be a key document that articulates the needs of South Northants residents and the council’s priorities in light of the reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: to not approve a draft housing strategy document for public consultation but this would mean the council does not have an up to date housing strategy.  Although it is not a statutory requirement to have a Housing Strategy, not having a strategy would mean the council is not complying with good practice.  The absence of a housing strategy document would limit the council’s influence over partners’ activities.  Also there would not be a key document that articulates the needs of South Northants residents and the council’s priorities as we go through the process of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.

 

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