Who produces housing strategies, assessments and surveys?
We produce some housing strategies, assessments and surveys, whilst others are produced jointly with some or all of the district councils in Cumbria. The list of strategies, assessments and survey we work and refer to are listed below.
Cumbria Housing Strategy
As a member of the Cumbria Housing Executive Group we have worked in partnership with the other district and borough councils in Cumbria, housing associations and the Chair of the Housing Forum to produce the Cumbria Housing Strategy.
In 2013 Cumbria County Council on behalf of the six local authorities and Lake District National Park commissioned a 'Cumbria Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment'. This was in response to Government legislation aiming to resolve some of the long standing accommodation issues for the Gypsy and Traveller community and ensure equal access to services. As a result Accommodation Assessments took place across the country.
Our Empty Property Strategy spells out the help that we can offer to property owners. It emphasises that we would rather work with property owners but may resort to enforcement measures to bring the properties back into to use or to combat any nuisance arising from them.
Empty Property Loan Assistance Policy
Home Energy Conservation Act Report 2015
We are uniquely placed to drive energy efficiency improvements in the domestic sector to help make homes warmer and healthier. This involves working to ensure that funding streams such as the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) can be secured for energy efficiency measures for local households. It is anticipated that ECO along with the Green Deal and any future funding initiatives will help to deliver significant energy efficiency improvements.
We are working with partners and local communities to secure funding and co-ordinate area based delivery through ECO. There is a crucial role for us in ensuring that households are aware of, and understand, other energy efficiency incentives that may be available to them so that opportunities to reduce carbon emissions are not missed.
The Homelessness Strategy 2013 to 2018 has been developed in partnership with South Lakeland District Council and a range of stakeholders in the district and County. It aims is to prevent homelessness and assist members of our community to access good quality, affordable housing.
Older Persons Housing Strategy
Older Peoples Housing Strategy 2012-2017 was produced jointly with South Lakeland District Council. The strategy develops plans to help address the housing and related support needs of increasing numbers of older people who are living in our communities. It confirms the commitment of the two Councils to taking an active role in the partnerships which will support these aims and to taking specific actions within our own remits to enable homes which meet the needs and aspirations of the older age groups.
Older People's Accommodation and Wider Service Needs Assessment
Older People's Accommodation and Wider Service Needs Assessment reports on the evidence gathered as part of a joint initiative between ourselves and South Lakeland District Council to look accommodation and wider service needs of older people in a joint initiative. The two districts are neighbouring authorities with demographic and geographical similarities, which work closely in many areas including strategic housing. The project was a response to the increasing elderly population projections for these two districts and aimed to identify the key issues, possible solutions and policy responses, particularly where accessibility is a major issue due to the rural nature of these areas.
Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey
Our private sector house condition survey was carried out in Autumn 2011. It is concerned with houses that are either owner occupied or privately rented. It gives a breakdown of the common hazards to health and safety found in the houses and general figures of how much it would cost to repair them.
Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy
Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy has formally been adopted by us for private sector housing. The policy details what action we could take to ensure a property is brought up to standard.
Penrith Housing Needs Survey
Penrith Housing Needs Survey collates the results of the survey conducted in June 2011. The purpose of the survey was to obtain evidence of housing requirements in Penrith for the next five years.
We worked in partnership with the five other district councils and Cumbria County Council to produce Strategic Housing Market assessments that compile evidence on demographics, housing needs and economic development. They give a detailed profile of residents and their future housing needs.
We have agreed to a new tenancy strategy that gives registered housing providers information on how they implement policies on flexible tenancies and affordable rents.