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.

We have been working on a new LHS and have consulted the public on our plans.  The consultation ended on 15 March 2019 and the final LHS will be considered by Communities Committee on 2 April 2019.

The LHS is based on the Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDA) and other supporting evidence available here.

We have defined what we mean by affordable housing.  

We have published a Tenant Participation Strategy which sets out how we will involve tenants in our decision making processes.

More advice on Fuel Poverty here.

Scottish Housing Regulator's National Panel

Tenants and other service users can join the Regulator's National Panel.  Panel members are asked for their views on issues affecting people who use social landlord's services.

Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan 2019/20

Our Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan was approved by Communities Committee on 20 November 2018

Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) 

Strategic Housing Investment Plans have been prepared by local authorities since 2007.

We also have have our own Council house building programme.

 

Local Housing Strategy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 

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.

Contact Us

Housing and Property

housing@moray.gov.uk

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