Background

Why work together? Image of building blocks

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.

Sub-regional picture

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

For wellbeing

  • 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.

Our challenge

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