Who produces housing strategies, assessments and surveys?
We produce some housing strategies, assessments and surveys, whilst others we produce jointly with some, or all, of the District Councils in Cumbria. Please see the list of strategies, assessments and surveys below.
In 2013, Cumbria County Council, on behalf of the six local authorities and Lake District National Park, commissioned a 'Cumbria Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment'. This was in response to Government legislation aiming to resolve some of the long-standing accommodation issues for the Gypsy and Traveller community and to ensure equal access to services. As a result, Accommodation Assessments took place across the country.
District-Wide Housing Need Survey 2018
The District-Wide Housing Need Survey was completed at the end of 2018. The purpose of this study was to gather evidence of the housing requirements across the District.
The Empty Property Strategy spells out the help that we can offer to property owners. It emphasises that we would rather work with property owners, but may resort to enforcement measures to bring the properties back into use, or to combat any nuisance arising from them.
Empty Property Loan Assistance Policy
Home Energy Conservation Act Report 2015
We are uniquely placed to drive energy efficiency improvements in the domestic sector to help make homes warmer and healthier. This involves working to ensure that funding streams, such as the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) can be secured for energy efficiency measures for local households. We anticipate that ECO, along with the Green Deal and any future funding initiatives, will help to deliver significant energy efficiency improvements.
We are working with partners and local communities to secure funding and co-ordinate area-based delivery through ECO. There is a crucial role for us in ensuring that households are aware of, and understand, other energy efficiency incentives that may be available to them, so that opportunities to reduce carbon emissions are not missed.
Older Persons' Housing Strategy
We produced the Older Persons' Housing Strategy 2018-2025 jointly with South Lakeland District Council. The Strategy develops plans to help address the housing and related support needs of increasing numbers of older people who are living in our communities. It confirms the commitment of the two Councils to taking an active role in the partnerships which will support these aims and to taking specific actions within our own remits to enable homes which meet the needs and aspirations of the older age groups.
Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey
Our Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey was carried out in Autumn 2011. It is concerned with houses that are either owner occupied or privately rented. It gives a breakdown of the common hazards to health and safety found in the houses and general figures of how much it would cost to repair them.
Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy
Our Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy has formally been adopted by us for private sector housing. The Policy details what action we could take to ensure a property is brought up to standard.
Penrith Housing Needs Survey
Our Penrith Housing Needs Survey collated the results of the survey conducted in June 2011. The purpose of the survey was to obtain evidence of housing requirements in Penrith for the next five years.
We worked in partnership with the five other District Councils and Cumbria County Council to produce Strategic Housing Market Assessments that compile evidence on demographics, housing needs and economic development. They give a detailed profile of residents and their future housing needs:
We have agreed to a new Tenancy Strategy that gives registered housing providers information on how they implement policies on flexible tenancies and affordable rents.