The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, places a legal duty on every local authority to produce a Local Housing Strategy (LHS). Moray currently has an Interim LHS 2010-2013 in place (see below). 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.
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 Plans (45 pages, 599 KB) were prepared by local authorities for the first time in 2007. The SHIP 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 Council has defined what it regards as "affordable housing" here.
The detailed affordable housing development programme is available in the Strategic Local Programme (SLP). The SLP is updated in accordance with progress on the delivery of the programme, and changes in funding availability. The Council's preference for delivery is housing for affordable rent, i.e. Council or Housing Association, but may accept commuted sums from developers in some circumstances.
We develop a new SHIP each year, in partnership with local Housing Associations and the Scottish Government.
We have a Council Housing Building programme. Full details are available here.
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 (3 pages, 65KB) that a Strategic Environmental Assessment is not required for the LHS.
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 (10 pages, 188 KB) or the Full Report - Accommodation Needs of Gypsy/Travellers. (119 pages, 468 KB)
Find out more about Gypsy/Travellers.
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.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 required local authorities to carry out an assessment of homelessness and to submit a strategy for preventing and alleviating homelessness. We produced our first Homelessness Strategy in March 2003 to cover a five year period.
Scottish Government guidance has since stated homelessness strategies, together with housing support strategies, should be integrated into the Local Housing Strategy. The Council, however, in recognising the importance of tackling homelessness has produced a Homelessness Strategy to cover the period 2010 –2015 which seeks to build on the achievements of the first Homelessness Strategy.
The Strategy re-affirms our commitment to preventing and alleviating homelessness in all its forms.
Our Communities Committee monitors the implementation of the Homelessness Strategy on an annual basis.
The Homelessness Strategy Action Plan for 2013/14 was agreed by the Committee in April 2013. This sets out the strategic direction that the strategy should take in the coming year. The next update is scheduled for April 2014.
The Council’s homelessness services were inspected by the Scottish Housing Regulator in 2008 and the Inspection Report was published in January 2009. An Action Plan was developed to address the issues raised in the Inspection Report. One of the key actions in the Action Plan was to develop a Temporary Accommodation Strategy to improve the management and supply of temporary homeless accommodation.
The development of the Temporary Accommodation Strategy focused on a more strategic use of temporary accommodation and improving the standard of accommodation for homeless households. The Strategy was approved by the Communities Committee in March 2009. The keys aims of the Strategy are:
The Council’s temporary accommodation standards have been reviewed and updated in terms of the CIH and Shelter issued “Guidance on Standards for Temporary Accommodation” published in November 2010 and feedback gathered from service users. The draft standards have been revised and were approved by the Communities Committee in March 2011.
The introduction of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 gave all Local Authorities a duty to produce a Strategy for Tenant Participation. Tenant Participation is about tenants taking part in decision making processes and influencing decisions about housing policies, conditions and related services. View more information on our Tenant Participation Strategy or click on tenant participation and how you can get involved.
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