Local Housing Strategy and Housing Need and Demand Assessment

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) 2022-2027 - In progress

Argyll and Bute Council completed the final phase of consultation on its new LHS in October 2021, and the finalised draft takes account of the responses and feedback we received from stakeholders and local communities. Council Housing Services wish to thank everyone who took the time to consider and respond to the recent consultation and to previous consultation over the last couple of years. This finalised draft LHS will now be submitted to Council Members for approval by the end of November 2021, with a view to launching the completed strategy formally in early 2022.

A summary document is also being prepared and will be available on the website as soon as possible.

For further information or clarification please contact:

Hristina Tarpanova – hristina.tarpanova@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Allan Brandie – allan.brandie@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Douglas Whyte – douglas.whyte@argyll-bute.gov.uk

We will review this page throughout the LHS development process to keep our communities updated with progress. 

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

Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 1 – Supply and Placemaking - https://youtu.be/KTvfGZ_5IaA

Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 2 – House Condition and Energy Efficiency - https://youtu.be/SCooNSUGBfk

Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 3 – Specialist Provision - https://youtu.be/kO_hgqUTBOg

Local Housing Strategy Briefing paper 4 – Housing Options - https://youtu.be/Vv2QBKsHdZI


Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) 2021

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. 

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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