Local Housing Strategy 2016-21 and Housing Need and Demand Assessment 2016

The Council's Role

The Council no longer has its own housing since transferring stock to ACHA in 2006. However, as the Strategic Housing Authority, the council has a number of statutory duties and responsibilities in terms of delivery and investment of affordable housing, and improving house condition across all housing sectors. The documents below set out our statutory housing duties and show how Argyll and Bute Council and its partners will tackle the housing issues in our area. They detail the housing issues, the positive improvements that we want to see and what we are doing to help make these changes happen.

Local Housing Strategy 2016 - 2021

The Local Housing Strategy (LHS) sets out Argyll & Bute Council’s vision for housing over a five year period. The strategy outlines practical actions with specific targets to deliver our four key outcomes across all tenures and aspects of the housing system in Argyll & Bute.

The Annual Updates for the LHS are available below:

Development of the Local Housing Strategy (LHS) 2016-2021

All Scottish local authorities are required to prepare a Local Housing Strategy (LHS) every five years, setting out how the Council and its partners will address local need and demand, and contribute to national housing priorities.  The strategy covers all types and tenures of housing including social rented, private rented and owner occupied accommodation.  In developing the strategy the council must take account of the views of a wide range of partners, stakeholders and local residents.  In 2015/16 extensive consultation and stakeholder engagement was carried out and a summary of the results is available below.

LHS Consultation 2015/16

Development of the Local Housing Strategy (LHS) 2021-2026 - In progress

Argyll and Bute Council are currently working on the Local Housing Strategy (LHS) for 2021-2026.

The Housing Service are committed to using a range of consultation methods to ensure that as wide an audience as possible within our local communities have had the opportunity to participate in the Local Housing Strategy 2021-2026 development process and subsequent annual reviews.

We will review this page throughout the LHS development process to keep our communities updated with progress. The website will be updated when associated documents are available. Look out for news on consultation events. 

Local Housing Strategy 2021-2026 Consultation Plan

LHS 2021-2026 Briefing Papers

Local Housing Strategy Briefing 1 - Supply and Placemaking November 2020

Local Housing Strategy Briefing 2 - House Condition and Energy Efficency November 2020

Local Housing Strategy Briefing 3 - Specialist Provision November 2020

Local Housing Strategy Briefing 4 - Housing Options November 2020

To watch and listen to the briefing papers on YouTube click on the following links:

Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 1 – Supply and Placemaking


Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 2 – House Condition and Energy Efficiency


Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 3 – Specialist Provision


Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 4 – Housing Options


Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) 2016

Local strategic planning for housing is driven by the assessment of housing need. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 places a duty on local authorities to develop Local Housing Strategies, informed by an assessment of housing need and demand in their area. The latest HNDA is available by clicking here.  The CHMA’s final appraisal of the HNDA is available here as a PDF.  

Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) 2020 - In progress

Argyll and Bute Council are currently working on the assessment of housing need for 2020-2026. The website will be updated when associated documents are available.

HNDA supporting documents:

Community Housing Assessment Toolkit (CHAT)

This Toolkit is aimed at anyone with an interest in housing development in their local area, including: Community Councils, Local Development Trusts, Individual residents, Local employers and representatives of the business sector, Local Housing Associations/ Registered Social Landlords, Private developers, land owners and estates and Special Interest Groups and their representatives (including Elderly, Disabled, those with limiting health conditions, homeless, refugees, young families, etc)

Community Housing Assessment Toolkit (CHAT) - 2018

CHAT Household Questionnaire

CHAT Employers Questionnaire

For Further information on conducting a local, community housing needs assessment please contact Allan Brandie, Research & Development officer, Planning, Housing & Regulatory Services, on 01369708679 or at allan.brandie@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Housing and Health and Care Needs

Housing Contribution Statements provide the main link between the strategic planning processes for housing and for health & social care at a local level. Following the establishment of the Integration Authority and localities, the Housing Contribution Statement (HCS) is intended to become an integral part of the Strategic Plan. It sets out an  overarching strategic statement on how housing services intend to work with the Integration Authority, whether functions have been delegated to it or not, to deliver its outcomes. The HCS Appendix and the full H&SCP Plan are available below:

 Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) 2021-2026 

The Strategic Housing Investment plan (SHIP) is the key statement of housing development priorities in the Argyll & Bute area. This plan guides the allocation of government and other funding and is an essential adjunct to the LHS.  The SHIP is available below.

Section 72 Statement of Assistance for Private Sector Housing

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 requires the local authority to prepare a statement setting out the assistance available for private sector owners, landlords and tenants to improve the condition of their housing and provide adaptations for disabled people. Click on this link for a copy Section 72 Statement of Assistance.

Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan (RRTP) 2019 – 2024

The Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan (RRTP) 2019 – 2024 for Argyll and Bute was agreed by the Council in November 2018. The RRTP is a new planning framework for local authorities and their partners to transition to a Rapid Rehousing and Housing First approach. Rapid Rehousing is an ambitious proposal which should be delivered in the context of creating and sustaining mixed and diverse communities across the whole of Argyll and Bute. Click on this link for a copy RRTP.

Contact Details

If you require any further information regarding any of the information on this page or have a query regarding housing strategies please do not hesitate to contact the team at:

Housing Services
Argyll and Bute Council
Dolphin Hall
Manse Avenue

Telephone: 01369 708679
Email: allan.brandie@argyll-bute.gov.uk 


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