Local Housing Strategy and Housing Need and Demand Assessment

Statutory housing duties and how Argyll and Bute Council and its partners will tackle the housing issues in our area.

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 (LHS) 2022-2027 

The Argyll and Bute Local Housing Strategy (LHS), outlining the council’s vision and investment priorities for the area’s housing sector over the next 5 years, from 2022 to 2027, was formally launched in March 2022, following approval by the Scottish Government. The LHS sets out the joint approach the Council and its partners will take to delivering high quality housing and housing-related services across Argyll and Bute. The overarching vision is that “Everyone in Argyll & Bute has access to a suitable, high quality home which is affordable and located within a vibrant, sustainable and connected community.”

For further information or clarification please contact:

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

Hristina Tarpanova – hristina.tarpanova@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

Local Housing Strategy (LHS) 2022-2027 Annual Updates

Local Housing Strategy Annual Update 2022

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) - 2022

CHAT Household Questionnaire 2022

CHAT Employers Questionnaire 2022

For Further information on conducting a local, community housing needs assessment please contact Hristina Tarpanova on 01369 800503 or by email  – hristina.tarpanova@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 Housing Contribution Statement and links to the Argyll and Bute Joint Strategic Plan are available below:

 Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) 2022-2027

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 
Argyll House
Alexandra Parade

Telephone: 01369 800503
Email: hristina.tarpanova@argyll-bute.gov.uk


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