Housing Strategy 2019 – 2022
Our Housing Strategy 2019-2022: ‘A legacy for lasting communities’,was approved by Cabinet in July 2019. It sets out three priorities:
- Priority 1 - Building the homes that people need and can afford to live in
- Priority 2 - Enabling people to live settled lives
- Priority 3 - Developing strong partnerships to provide housing services that meet residents’ needs.
We have an Action plan for the period 2019 -2021, which will be reviewed regularly.
The strategy is based on an evidence base set out in our series of 'State of the District, 2018' Factsheets:
- There is a greater proportion of older households in South Northamptonshire compared to the rest of the county and England. The difference is projected to exaggerate over time
- Older households are concentrated in the more rural areas
- Local housing need
- Half the households currently on our Housing Register have an urgent or high priority need for affordable housing to rent
- One third of households in affordable housing need are single persons; this creates demand for one and two bedroom properties
- Older people
- Northamptonshire has a growing and ageing population; significant increases in long term illnesses that limit daily activity are anticipated
- Suitable retirement accommodation and specialist ‘Extra Care’ provision for sale and/or shared ownership is needed to meet increasing demand
- 41 of the 50 Disabled Facility Grants completed in 2017/18 were for clients aged over 60, with 42% of those grants including the installation of a level access shower.
- Specialist housing need and provision
- The need for specialist accommodation to cater for learning disability, mental health and physical disability will increase over time
- The number of reported domestic abuse incidents in South Northamptonshire has doubled over the last five years
- Stock condition and housing standards
- Average energy efficiency of dwellings is worse than the average for England
- Areas of fuel poverty are concentrated in the more rural areas, which is also where dwellings tend to have a greater number of serious health and safety hazards
- Housing supply
- 22% (562) of all new housing completions in South Northamptonshire in the past five years was affordable housing; 64% rent, 36% shared ownership, predominantly in rural areas
- Anticipated delivery will provide 315 new affordable properties over the next 2 years; 70% rent, 0% shared ownership, predominantly in the market towns/larger villages.
- Despite higher incomes in the district, the higher property prices are still less affordable than other areas, being almost eight and a half times the median gross income (8.24)
- Private rents in South Northamptonshire are more expensive than all other districts in the county.