Why work together?
Across seven districts, partners work together to tackle housing issues in an area with a range of pressures and challenges, aiming to make a difference to residents' lives.
Many issues are very local and are best addressed by district councils, housing partners and communities themselves - but some are shared across a wider area and this is where collaboration can really help.
Some partners have a role and a business plan which covers a broad area and cuts across district boundaries. Working together as a group can help us all, setting out the issues we have in common and the resources we can use as a group.
Some examples of this kind of collaboration and the benefits it brings include...
For new homes and communities
- Strategic partnerships to deliver new homes and communities, such as cpl
- A housing market assessment which covers a broad area, supported by a shared research resource and used to inform local plans
- A shared subscription to housing market data, so we can compare trends between our seven districts with the East of England and the rest of England
- Our home improvement agency covering three districts in our sub-region
- A housing and health joint strategic needs assessment to highlight the many links between housing, health and social care agendas
For existing homes
Shared schemes like Action on Energy
Data to support a new approach to identifying areas of privately ownered and rented homes where investment is most needed, which is being pilotted in July 2015.
A library of other stock condition survey information to draw on, across the sub-region
To tackle housing need and homelessness
- A shared choice-based lettings system to help people apply for housing in the area needed, which helps us see our area's housing needs change over time
- An action plan to tackle shared homelessness initiatives
All these bring resource, time and staffing efficiencies.
On these pages we aim to set out
- The issues housing partners face as a group, both short and long term - and especially where we can work together to make a difference. The issues are not always seen as "housing" issues - but we are not afraid to highlight the vital role of housing to support (for example) economc growth, health and wellbeing, community involvement and the green agenda.
- Data we can access, to identify where our focus should be
- Resources we can use as building blocks for our approach, including local strategy and policy documents and other good practice
- Partners we work with to help make progress on our four shared housing priorities