Housing Strategies, Policies and Performance
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, places a legal duty on every local authority to produce a Local Housing Strategy (LHS). The aim of the LHS is to make sure there is enough housing, of good quality, of the right size and type, and in the right places, to meet the needs of local people.
The LHS covers all tenures; owner occupied and private rented housing as well as social housing. The actions range from helping homeless people, building more Council and Housing Association houses of the right type and in the right place, providing specialist housing for older people and people with disabilities, to reducing fuel poverty and improving housing conditions. The LHS forms the basis for future investment decisions in housing and related services.
- LHS 2019-2024 (PDF)
- LHS Appendix 1 - Housing Strategy Group
- LHS Appendix 2 - Action Plan 2022/23-2023/24
- LHS Appendix 3 - Performance Framework and KPIs
- LHS Appendix 4 - Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA)
The LHS is based on the Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) and other supporting evidence.
We completed a mid-term review of our Local Housing Strategy on 21 June 2022 - details here
Our Tenant Participation Strategy sets out how we will involve tenants in our decision making processes.
Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan
A draft Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan was approved by Communities Committee on 20 November 2018. The Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan has been further amended and enhanced following feedback from the Scottish Government and was presented to Communities Committee on 28 May 2019.
Strategic Housing Investment Plans have been prepared by local authorities since 2007.
We also have have our own Council house building programme.
The Council prepared a SEA Screening Report, which was submitted to The Scottish Government’s SEA Gateway on 14 January 2019. In brief, the Screening Report concluded that an LHS SEA would not be required because the LHS does not identify land for new housing and that the effects related to the location and scale of development will be determined through the strategic environmental assessment of the Local Development Plan. SEA Gateway forwarded the Screening Report to Consultation Authorities e.g. SEPA, SNH for their comments.
SEA Gateway confirmed that the Consultation Authorities had agreed that there was no likelihood of significant environmental effects arising from the LHS. In the light of this response, the Council has determined, that a Strategic Environmental Assessment is not required for the LHS.
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