Local Housing Strategy

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 the right size and type, of good quality and in the right places, to meet the needs of local people.

Local Housing Strategy 2013-2018 

The Council has recently approved a new LHS which will cover the period 2013 – 2018, and will bring the LHS into step with the Moray Development Plan.   The main forum for partnership working on the strategy is the Housing Strategy Group.   

The Strategy sets out how the Council and its partners plan to improve the housing system and help people find homes. 

The Council now has a list of actions which it thinks will achieve this.  The actions cover all tenures; owner occupied and private rented housing as well as social housing.  The actions range from helping homeless people, building more new Council and Housing Association houses of the right type and in the right place, providing housing for older people and people with disabilities, to reducing fuel poverty and improving housing conditions.

We held a public consultation on our plans,which ended on 8 March 2013.  The Final LHS was approved by Communities Committee on 23 April 2013.

You can read our Local Housing Strategy below.  We have published 2 versions.  The Short Document is intended for the general public.  The Full Document is intended for Housing Professionals and other stakeholders:

The LHS and the emerging Local Development Plan both use the Moray Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) 2011 as a key evidence base.  The Scottish Government appraised the HNDA 2011 as "robust and credible" on 12 September 2011.  The HNDA and its associated documents are available below:

Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) and Strategic Local Programme (SLP) 

We have defined what we mean by affordable housing.  

Strategic Housing Investment Plans have been prepared by local authorities since 2007.  Each year we develop a SHIP, in partnership with local housing associations and the Scottish Government.  This sets out how investment in affordable housing will be directed over the next 5 years to achieve the outcomes relating to affordable housing detailed in the Local Housing Strategy.  The SHIP's supporting tables includes our Strategic Local Programme which is updated in accordance with progress on the delivery of the programme, and changes in funding availability.  Our preference for delivery is housing for affordable rent, such as Council or housing association homes, but may include commuted sums from developers in some circumstances.

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 19 January 2012.  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. Historic Scotland, 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, (view the letter to the SEA Gateway Officer (PDF)) that a Strategic Environmental Assessment is not required for the LHS.

Accommodation Needs Assessment of Gypsies/Travellers in Grampian 

This research was jointly commissioned by Moray, Aberdeen, and Aberdeenshire Councils.  The recommendations within the report are those of the researchers.  The report was considered by Communities Committee on 1st December 2009.  Download the executive summary (PDF) or the  Full Report - Accommodation Needs of Gypsy/Travellers (PDF).

Find out more about Gypsy/Travellers.

Fuel Poverty 

A household is said to be in fuel poverty if it has to spend more than 10% of its income to heat the home to an acceptable level. The Council's actions on fuel poverty are detailed in the LHS above.  

More information on fuel poverty.

Local Housing Strategy related documents 

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