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.

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.

The Annual Updates for the LHS are available below:

LHS Consultation 2015/16

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.  The following background papers also informed the final HNDA:

 The HNDA and the new LHS were also informed by the following research:

Supporting the strategy are a number of specific plans and ancillary documents:

Community Housing Assessment Toolkit (CHAT)

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 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.

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.

Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP)

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.

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:

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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