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Housing, Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy Action Plan

Meeting: 13/07/2021 - Cabinet (Item 5)

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Report of the Cabinet Member Housing

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1.    The Housing, Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy Action Plan Update for 2021 be approved.


The Cabinet Member Housing presented the report and noted that when an updated report or action plan was presented to Cabinet, the tracked changes would normally be the main focus. However, in this case, the amount of raw data coming from a wide variety of sources made it impossible to present the changes in this way. Instead, he sought to highlight some of the key issues.


The Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2018-23 was approved by Cabinet in July 2018, and consisted of a five year strategy which set out both the council’s vision and its priorities in order to achieve the desired outcomes. During 2020/21, 80 new affordable homes were provided, while significant progress had been made to identify a wide range of sites for the potential delivery of CBC-owned affordable housing across the borough. A pipeline was in place to deliver around 371 affordable homes within 5 years from April 2021.

During the first few months of the new financial year alone, the council and CBH had already delivered 27 new affordable homes at Radford Court, Hesters Way. This was in addition to the land recently acquired at Monkscroft School (potentially delivering 70 affordable homes) and the recent acquisition of land at Swindon Road (subject to planning permission being awarded), which had the potential to provide a further 24 affordable homes.

It was expected that approximately £89m would be invested from the Housing Revenue Account on new affordable homes over 3 years to March 2024. The Cyber Park/Golden Valley development in West Cheltenham would also see the provision of up to 3,700 new homes, of which 35% would be affordable covering a variety of tenures.

He added that during the last year, nearly 300 homes in the private sector in Cheltenham had been made safer, while 13 long term empty homes were been brought back into use. CBH had completed its fire door renewal programme, installing over 6,000 new doors across properties over the last 5 years. It was anticipated that the window replacement and boiler programme would be completed during 2021/22. These improvement programmes had so far contributed to a further uplift in the SAP energy efficiency rating of their homes from 72.02 in 2019 to 72.96 in 2021. Following a funding bid to the government’s Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator Project, CBH were successful in securing a £40k grant to finance the transformation of two low energy performing homes through a ‘deep retrofit’ pilot, which should be implemented during 2021/22.

He moved onto the topic of tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, acknowledging that the Covid crisis had meant that 2020/21 was a challenging year, particularly during the first national lockdown when housing pathways were significantly reduced. During the year, CBC and CBH responded positively to the government’s ‘everyone in’ message by making 125 placements into emergency, hotel accommodation for those who were either rough sleeping or at imminent risk of rough sleeping. CBC also collaborated closely with partners across the county to bid for funding for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5