Housing strategy and research

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:

  • Population
    • 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.
  • Affordability
    • 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.

We also provide a glossary of terms used in the strategy and a summary of the strategic context, underpinning the document.