Increasing and influencing housing supply to meet local and sub-regional need
Nationally the housing market is not performing or meeting the current demands of the population. As stated in the Housing White Paper (Here), as a nation we haven’t built enough homes to meet demand for at least 40 years. The paper also estimates that we would need to build between 225,000 to 275,000 new homes per year to meet the current and emerging need. The current Government pledge is for 300,000 new homes per year.
As a region Leicestershire has performed well in the last five years with an increased number of homes being built. However this still has some way to go to meet the needs of our residents following many years of under-supply mirroring the national situation.
Data that informs our policies
To further understand the local picture we have commissioned the Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA). The report assesses the housing needs of the region between the years 2011 and 2031/36. Identified is a core need of 4716 houses per year up to 2036, of which 2322 per year need to be affordable homes. Please see below for how this is split across the city and districts.
Additional data is presented in a report commissioned by the Leicestershire Housing Services Partnership working group and published by SITRA (part of the Homeless Link Project) in July 2016. The reports aims were to assess the impact of welfare reform on those receiving government assistance and the services they use. It was concluded that the reforms would present wide-ranging challenges to recipients (particularly economic) and also on the ability for future provision of suitable housing. The full report can be found here
We also recognise the diverse demography and infrastructure of each district in the sub-region and the differing priorities and challenges these raise. Therefore, in conjunction with the HEDNA and Sitra reports, each local authority will use district-level demographic information combined with Parish-level knowledge to inform and assess local need. We will also continue to be informed by our own individual Housing Strategies.
How are we responding to the issues raised?
In order to meet the historic and emerging challenges highlighted in the data above as a group we will….
- Negotiate appropriate levels of affordable Housing on both major and smaller schemes
- Influence both market and affordable housing mix to meet assessed need identified in both the HEDNA report and local analysis
- Support the development of rural housing schemes through the work of the Leicestershire Rural Housing Group (LRHG)
- Continue to run our DSOG (Development Strategy Officers Group). The group will continually monitor affordable housing delivery across the sub-region to identify common issues/blockages regionally and to track these changes against national trends
- Share good practice across the sub-region in terms of S106 agreements in relation to affordable housing clauses to enable maximum possible delivery
- Ensure a thorough understanding of viability challenges presented by future affordable housing delivery
- Continue to seek and improve local and sub-regional evidence bases relating to housing need both in the market and the affordable sectors
- Ongoing assessment of how robust and well performing the private rented sector is across the region
- Assess the impact of New Housing Products on affordable delivery (Rent to Buy/All Private rent sites/starter homes/ RP market homes within cross subsidy sites )
- Assess the impact and contribution of new housing delivery methods (for example self build and modular housing) could make across the region
- Build on our own good working practices whilst also seeking out those from across the country and relate these to our region where relevant