The Housing Strategy team is responsible for identifying housing need, enabling affordable housing and ensuring the efficient management of its housing stock by its housing company, South Tyneside Homes. The team analyses and interprets evidence to inform the future housing offer across the Borough, taking into consideration the overarching Council strategy.
Working closely with South Tyneside Homes and other social housing providers, the team ensures the delivery of high quality housing and related services. Partnership working with a range of stakeholders ensures that current and future residents of South Tyneside have a range of suitable housing options.
Our Integrated Housing Strategy covers a range of smaller, housing related strategies to encourage effective joined-up working.
It is a long term strategic document, setting out the vision for the housing market within South Tyneside and detailing the actions the Council has committed to carry out over the next 3 years.
The new strategy sets out the key strategic priorities for housing across the Borough.
The key strategic priorities are to:
Prevent homelessness wherever possible
Address repeat homelessness
Meet the needs of an aging population through providing appropriate accommodation and promote independence
Improve the quality, choice and sustainability of the private rented sector
Effectively support the ambitions of the Council's Economic Strategy
The South Tyneside Tenancy Strategy sets out the types of tenancies we expect Registered Providers to offer in the Borough. Registered Providers must have regard to this strategy when they produce their Tenancy Policy. We continue to work closely with Registered Providers to ensure affordable housing meets the needs of all.
Council housing in the Borough is managed by the Council's housing company, South Tyneside Homes. The Housing Strategy team is responsible for managing the relationship with South Tyneside Homes to deliver effective management of the Council's 18,000 housing stock. The team is responsible for ensuring that the Council's Landlord function and regulatory duties are discharged by the company on the Council's behalf, particularly in relation to tenant involvement and empowerment.
Working in partnership with South Tyneside Homes, the team ensures the successful delivery of the Decent Homes Programme to Council properties in the Borough.
The Councils Housing Allocations Policy was approved in July 2013 following extensive consultation and changes in the law affecting social housing allocations. The aim of the allocations policy is to more effectively use the limited stock that the Council owns, making sure that homes match the needs of the applicants.
The policy introduces significant changes which determine whether applicants are eligible, whether they qualify and the level of housing need and priority banding that should be awarded.
The Neighbourhood Management Policy follows a review of area management in the Borough in 2014 and now formalises, in writing, those arrangements. The Policy also ensures that the Council, via South Tyneside Homes, discharges its duty under the regulatory framework for social housing.
The SHMA was undertaken by consultants Arc4 in 2012 and an update of the assessment was undertaken internally in 2015. The assessment sets out the need for housing in the Borough for the future, including the need specifically for affordable housing and homes for older people. As a statutory requirement, South Tyneside will keep this assessment under regular review to ensure an understanding of the housing market to develop strategies to tackle housing issues in the borough.