Local Housing Strategy 2013-2018
THE NEW HOUSING LANDSCAPE
Responding to the Challenge
1.1 The theme of this Local Housing Strategy is to set a clear direction in the rapidly changing political and economic landscape as it relates to housing. It responds to the changes that have been brought about by the effects of the recession and the new demands imposed by impending Welfare Reform. New legislation, both at UK level and that implied by the Welsh Government’s first Housing White Paper - Homes for Wales have shaped this strategy. Changes in social housing, namely the new Code of Guidance on Allocations and the proposed Rent Setting Policy and changes to the Housing Revenue Account significantly affects Wrexham Council as it still retains a large housing stock.
1.2 To address all these issues, a strategy is needed that doesn’t go out of date, remains relevant for the full years, and sets a framework for future direction.
Local Housing Strategy 2013 – 2018
1.3 This Local Housing Strategy sets out Wrexham County Borough Council’s direction of travel in housing and housing issues over the next five years. The Strategy will play a pivotal role in helping to deliver sustainable communities in well-designed neighbourhoods where people can access quality, affordable housing.
1.4 Through this Local Housing Strategy, in conjunction with the Wrexham Plan, the Council Plan, the Unitary Development Plan, other supporting strategies and with the help of all its partners, Wrexham will work towards making all its communities sustainable.
1.5 By setting out the policy context the Strategy acts as a key driver for a range of specific housing programmes, for example, the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, Wrexham’s Private Sector Renewal and Improvement Policy, Homelessness Strategy, Supporting People and work in the private rented sector. The Wrexham Local Housing Strategy is guided by clear underlying principles to:
- review and monitor ‘what works’, and to build in flexibility to react to a changing political landscape;
- have housing policies make the best contribution to sustainable development, social, economic and environmental policies;
- support the development of the economy;
- be a strategy for the whole County – rural, urban, town and village;
- be a strategy for the whole of the housing community - public and private sectors, voluntary and community groups, tenants, residents and the homeless