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.
Development of the Local Housing Strategy (LHS)
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.
Local Housing Strategy 2016/17 - 2020/21
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.
- Local Housing Strategy 2016-21
- Local Housing Strategy 2016-21 Summary
- LHS Supporting Paper 1: Setting Housing Supply Targets - Beyond the HNDA 2016
- LHS Equality Impact Assessment 2016
- LHS Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) statement 2016
The Annual Updates for the LHS are available below:
- LHS Outcome 1 Annual Update - 2016/17
- LHS Outcome 2 Annual Update - 2016/17
- LHS Outcome 3 Annual Update - 2016/17
- LHS Outcome 4 Annual Update - 2016/17
- LHS Outcome 1 Annual Update - 2017/18
- LHS Outcome 2 Annual Update - 2017/18
- LHS Outcome 3 Annual Update - 2017/18
- LHS Outcome 4 Annual Update - 2017/18
LHS Consultation 2015/16
- Summary of the stakeholder engagement and the Option Appraisal Process
- Summary report of online LHS consultation survey, Jan - Mar 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. The following background papers also informed the final HNDA:
- HNDA Technical Paper 01 - Housing Market Areas Refresh Exercise 2014
- HNDA Technical Paper 02 - Economic Context and the Local Housing Market 2015
- HNDA Technical Paper 03 - Key Drivers of the Local Housing Market - Demographic Trends
- HNDA Technical Paper 04 - Defining Existing (Backlog) Need
- HNDA Technical Paper 05 - Specialist Provision in Argyll and Bute
- HNDA Technical Paper 06 - Housing Stock Profile, Pressures and Management Issues
The HNDA and the new LHS were also informed by the following research:
- Atlantic Islands Private Sector House Condition Survey, 2014
- Housing Needs and Aspirations of the Ageing Population, 2015
- Private Rented Section Research, 2013
- Mull Housing Market: Revised Housing Need and Demand Assessment
- Coll HMA Study
- Tiree HMA Study
- Jura HMA Study
- Tarbert and Skipness, 2016
Supporting the strategy are a number of specific plans and ancillary documents:
Housing and Health and Care Needs
In 2017/18 Argyll and Bute Council Housing Services and Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) Public Health developed a shared evidence base which provides a baseline assessment of the needs for specialised housing provision for those accessing Health and Social Care Services. This was guided by a working group of senior managers from Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) across Argyll and Bute, the Argyll and Bute HSCP and Argyll and Bute Council Housing Services. The report will inform both the Local Housing Strategy and the Strategic Commissioning Plan for Health & Social Care in Argyll and Bute. In addition to collating extensive data on housing, health and care needs, the report sets out an overarching vision and 5 high level aims for joint working across the housing, health and care sectors.
People in Argyll and Bute with health and social care needs have access to housing options that maximise their health, wellbeing and independence
Five key aims
1. There is appropriate and sufficient housing available in each local area to meet the needs of people living there.
2. People are aware of the availability of different housing options to enable them to make appropriate choices, and are supported to do this if necessary due to learning disability or physical and mental health conditions.
3. Health and Social Care, Housing Association and Argyll and Bute Council Housing officers are able to work effectively together to promote early housing options appraisal and early intervention and adaptations as required.
4. Waiting lists for RSL properties (and in particular specialist provision) are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible to maximise availability of existing properties.
5. Planning for housing and housing services is based on robust data and information.
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.
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.
Local Housing Contribution Statement - Contribution to Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan 2016/17 – 2018/19
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:
- Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan 2016/17 – 2018/19
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:
Argyll and Bute Council
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