Housing Strategy 2022- 2027

The Housing Strategy sets out a vision and housing priorities for the next five years.

The consultation for the Housing Strategy has now closed.  Responses will be used to inform the Housing Strategy which is due to go to Members for approval in May 2022.

We are inviting your views on the new Draft Housing Strategy 2022 - 2027 which outlines a vision and priorities for housing in the borough and is now published for consultation.  

The Housing Strategy needs the engagement and support of our local communities and organisations.  We would like your feedback and ideas to help shape the final Strategy through completing the consultation questionnaire using the respond button below.

The consultation is open until 23.59 Wednesday 13 April 2022.

Please refer to the Housing Strategy Privacy Notice for information about how we gather, process and use your data.

Our vision for the Strategy is:

For Tonbridge and Malling residents to have access to good quality and affordable homes that meet their needs, whether renting or buying.

The Housing Strategy has four priorities as follows:

Priority 1 - Making best use of existing homes, improving housing quality and sustainability

This is important because we need to improve existing housing.  The objectives for this priority are to:

  • Ensure efficient use of existing housing stock
  • Improve property conditions to provide safe, healthy homes
  • Improve energy efficiency of housing stock to alleviate fuel poverty and help address climate change
  • Support residents to have a suitable home that meets their needs and where they can live independently.

Priority 2 - Improving housing options and opportunities to prevent homelessness

This is important because we need to prevent homelessness.  The objectives for this priority are to:

  • Provide housing options advice focussing on homeless prevention through a personalised approach
  • Work with voluntary and statutory partners to help rough sleepers off the streets and into settled accommodation and prevent people from rough sleeping
  • Ensure vulnerable groups and those with complex needs have access to support to maintain their tenancy
  • Improve links with landlords in the private rented sector to work together to prevent homelessness and increase housing options
  • Minimise the use of nightly paid accommodation and reinvest cost savings to enable alternative provision including property purchase or development and preventative services.

Priority 3 - Delivering the homes our residents need in the places they are needed

This is important to help us increase the affordable housing in the Borough.  The objectives for this priority are to:

  • Understand local housing need with up to date information on affordable and specialist housing need for a range of housing (including type, tenure and location) to inform decision making and housing priorities
  • Provide housing choice by encouraging housing of different types, size and tenure in suitable locations, at a range of prices to be within reach of different household financial capacities
  • Ensure a range of specialist and/or accessible housing to meet identified needs of vulnerable groups
  • Work in partnership with Registered Providers, private developers and Homes England to gain greater influence and control over affordable housing delivery and make best use of financial resources and assets
  • Consider options for the Council to influence and take a pro-active role in housing delivery, including through a Local Housing Company.

Priority 4 - Working in partnership

This is important to enable us to achieve the objectives of this Housing Strategy and share expertise.  The objectives for this priority are to:

  • Work in partnership with local authorities and partner organisations including active membership and engagement in Kent Housing Group to share best practice, learning and resources
  • Engage with Registered Providers and private developers through regular strategic and management/liaison meetings to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services
  • Work with health colleagues and organisations to ensure preventative focussed work and improve health through links between services
  • Maximise our joint working with local commissioned organisations and third sector partners to add value to our housing services.

We want to hear your views!

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What happens next?

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the draft Housing Strategy.  Completed questionnaire responses will be used to inform the Housing Strategy which is due to go to Members for approval in May 2022.  The final Strategy will then be published and available on our website.

Timeline

  • Opened
    2 Mar 2022 at 09:00
  • Closed
    13 Apr 2022 at 23:59

Consultation Documents