Housing Strategy

Housing Strategy

The Housing Strategy Team is responsible for a number of strategic housing functions which include:

  • Developing and delivering a range of housing policies for Daventry District 
  • Assessing housing need across the District
  • Enabling the provision of new homes across Daventry District.

Allocations scheme

Adopted: July 2017 (reviewed January 2020) 

The Allocations Scheme sets out the way in which Daventry District Council assesses applications for affordable housing and prioritises them on a Housing Register.  Applicants that are eligible and have been accepted on to the register can then express an interest for properties that suit their needs and requirements by placing a bid on properties, this is done through Daventry District Councils, Choice Based Lettings Scheme called Daventry  HomeChoice.

Urgent update in response to COVD-19: Following Government guidance, and in order to assist and support our partner agencies who have had to take various precautions to protect their tenants and staff, the Council has reviewed the allocation of properties under this scheme.

With immediate effect, the Council will be applying a temporary approach until we are in a position to revert to our former approach. This is in response to the current SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.The temporary approach means that any new properties that become available are prioritised for those most in need and therefore it is likely that there will be very few properties advertised until this scheme ceases.

      

 

Local Lettings Arrangement

The Council may from time to time consider the use of a Local Lettings Arrangement (LLA). 

An LLA provides an open and transparent framework, setting out any variations to the Allocations Scheme so that local needs and circumstances are taken into consideration where appropriate.  

There are no current Local Lettings Arrangements. 


Ensuring that people in Daventry District have the housing they need is one of Daventry District Council’s key strategic priorities. Helping to deliver affordable homes to meet the needs of the growing population is one of the key ways in which the Council seeks to achieve this.

Affordable housing includes 'social rented' or 'affordable rented' housing as well as 'low cost home ownership.

 

Homelessness Prevention Scheme

Adopted: 6 December 2018 reviewed July 2020

A scheme that supports Daventry District Council’s proactive and flexible approach to prevent and relieve homelessness, allowing the Council to offer financial assistance to those that are homeless or threatened with homelessness (subject to eligibility criteria).

 

Housing Supplementary Planning Document

Adopted: July 2017      

The Housing SPD provides policy guidance on the provision of the housing within the district.  It adds detail to the Saved Policies and West Northants Joint Core Strategy Policies. It is used to inform The Council's approach to the determination of planning applications for housing within Daventry District.


Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy

 Adopted: February 2020

The Council has a duty to produce and publish a Homelessness Strategy based on a review of homelessness. The strategy sets out how the local authority intends to apply measures that can help tackle and prevent homelessness.

Housing Needs Surveys enable the Council to understand the housing needs and aspirations of residents living in the district.

Reports for all parishes already surveyed can be found within this section

 

Strategic Housing Plan 2014-2019

Adopted: February 2014 

The Strategic Housing Plan brings together certain Housing Strategies into one document.

Please note that the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020 (above) replaces the Homelessness Strategy part of this document.

 

Tenancy Strategy

Adopted: December 2012
Amended: March 2019

The Tenancy Strategy sets out broad objectives for Registered Providers to take regard of when formulating their own policies on affordable housing.

  

Temporary Accommodation Policy

Adopted: July 2020

The Temporary Accommodation Policy sets out the Council's approach to deciding the suitability of temporary accommodation when accommodating homeless households eligible for this assistance.

 

Provision of Housing Assistance Policy

Adopted: February 2012 (amended February 2019)

This policy provides detail of financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, that is administered by the Council through Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) and Home Repair Assistance (HRA).


Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment

The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) quantifies the accommodation and housing related support needs of Gypsies and Travellers (including Travelling Showpeople) in West Northamptonshire.

The Study was undertaken by The West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit.