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 new Integrated Housing Strategy is currently being developed and will encompass a range of smaller, housing related strategies to encourage effective joined-up working. The new strategy will include a range of information from a number of sectors that assist the delivery of sustainable and desirable communities.This will include older person's housing, tackling empty properties, economic drivers, private rented sector and future housing development. This strategy will form the basis of the council's housing vision and will set-out the priorities for working towards a balanced and effective housing market.
South Tyneside has achieved significant success in the delivery of homelessness prevention services since the last Strategy 2013-2018 was produced. A full review of the Strategy is currently being carried out with Key Stakeholders via South Tyneside Homeless Prevention forum. The purpose of the review was to assess current and future priorities for homelessness need in the Borough so that appropriate provision can be planned and provided for.
Homelessness Strategy 2013-18942.33KB
If you need any housing advice, further information can be found at South Tyneside Homes: Homelessness.
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.
South Tyneside Homes
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.
This policy is currently being reviewed.
Housing Allocations Policy July 2013557.07KB
If you require any housing advice, or if you want to know how the new allocations policy could affect you, please contact South Tyneside Homefinder on 03001236633.
SPD4: Affordable Housing (August 2007)332.16KB
The Neighbourhood Management Policy
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.
neighbourhood management policy186.25KB
Strategic Housing Market Assessment
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.
South Tyneside SHMA1.27MB
If you need any help or advice about the information contained in any of these documents, please contact the Housing Strategy team on 0191 424 6659.