Hastings and St Leonards Housing Strategy 2016-2019

Hastings and St Leonards Housing Strategy 2016-2019

Summary of the Hastings and St Leonards Housing Strategy 2016-2019

The Hastings and St Leonards Housing Strategy for 2016-2019 focuses on addressing the housing needs within the borough, with a particular emphasis on affordability, quality, and accessibility. The strategy outlines three main priorities: Meeting Housing Needs and Aspirations, Improving Access and Opportunities, and Supporting Economic Regeneration.

Priority 1: Meeting Housing Needs and Aspirations

This priority aims to balance the housing supply with demand, enhance the quality and affordability of housing, and ensure that homes are suitable for residents’ needs. Key actions include:

  1. Development of New Housing: Increasing the number of new homes to meet local demand.
  2. Delivering Affordable Housing: Ensuring new developments include affordable housing options.
  3. Social Housing Stock: Maintaining and improving the existing social housing stock.
  4. Preventing Homelessness: Implementing measures to prevent homelessness and support those at risk.
  5. Addressing Rough Sleeping: Reducing rough sleeping through targeted interventions and support services.

Priority 2: Improving Access and Opportunities

This priority focuses on enhancing access to housing and support services, particularly for vulnerable groups. Key actions include:

  1. Health and Housing: Integrating health and housing services to address health inequalities.
  2. Support for Vulnerable Households: Providing support for households with specific needs, such as the elderly, ethnic minority groups, young people, and those with disabilities.
  3. Financial Inclusion: Promoting financial inclusion to help residents manage housing costs and avoid debt.

Priority 3: Supporting Economic Regeneration

This priority aims to use housing development as a catalyst for economic regeneration, particularly in deprived areas. Key actions include:

  1. Private Rented Sector Improvements: Enhancing standards and management in the private rented sector.
  2. Empty Homes: Bringing empty homes back into use to increase housing supply and improve neighborhood conditions.
  3. Licensing Schemes: Implementing licensing schemes to ensure rental properties meet required standards.
  4. Reducing Fuel Poverty: Addressing fuel poverty through energy efficiency improvements.

Recommended Actions

Priority 1: Meeting Housing Needs and Aspirations

  1. Develop new housing to meet local demand.
  2. Ensure new developments include affordable housing options.
  3. Maintain and improve the existing social housing stock.
  4. Implement measures to prevent homelessness and support those at risk.
  5. Reduce rough sleeping through targeted interventions and support services.

Priority 2: Improving Access and Opportunities

  1. Integrate health and housing services to address health inequalities.
  2. Provide support for vulnerable households, including the elderly, ethnic minority groups, young people, and those with disabilities.
  3. Promote financial inclusion to help residents manage housing costs and avoid debt.

Priority 3: Supporting Economic Regeneration

  1. Enhance standards and management in the private rented sector.
  2. Bring empty homes back into use to increase housing supply and improve neighborhood conditions.
  3. Implement licensing schemes to ensure rental properties meet required standards.
  4. Address fuel poverty through energy efficiency improvements.