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Local housing strategy 2011 - 2016

The next Local Housing Strategy will cover the period 2011 to 2016, and will have five themes.

  • Balanced Housing Markets
  • Housing Quality
  • Access, Advice and Support
  • Homelessness
  • Better Neighbourhoods

These reflect legislative obligations as well as interim findings from the draft Housing Need and Demand Assessment.

Local housing strategy development

Steering panels

Steering Panels, consisting of housing professionals and stakeholders were created for each theme. The Panel developed outcomes for each theme as well as an action plan.

Strategic environmental assessment

All plans, programmes and strategies in Scotland must be subject to a ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’ or SEA under Section 5 of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. The plan has to be considered in relation to the environmental issues noted in the 2005 Act, which are biodiversity, population, human health, fauna, flora, soil, water, air, climatic factors, material assets, cultural heritage, landscape, and the inter-relationship between them.

A Panel was convened to consider the outcomes in terms of the SEA issues. An Environmental Report was written and submitted to the SEA Gateway.

Equalities impact assessment

An Equalities Impact Assessment was carried out in relation to the LHS.

  • 5 road shows - 1 in each of the main towns across South Ayrshire
  • Presentation to the T&R Forum
  • Presentations to 2 community councils
  • Stakeholder event

Feedback received during the consultation was used to redraft the document. Main points included:

  • Revision of affordable housing targets – as a result of feedback suggesting the original targets were unachievable
  • Greater detail of action plans for some tasks
  • Change to the amount of colour used within the document – so that residents would not be put-off from printing

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