The country’s need for new housing – in the right places and at the right price – has become greater as the housing crisis has continued. OPE therefore puts a special emphasis on freeing-up land for house building, alongside other objectives of better services and efficiencies.
In this report we hope councils and their partners will find useful advice for best meeting the duty to refer responsibilities, along with examples of what genuine cooperation looks like from within England and Wales.
Many local authorities across the country are working to speed up the delivery and buildout of housing. This report highlights some distinctive projects and innovative practices that are being used in a number of different development contexts. The main themes of the interventions are highlighted through a series of case studies.
This paper is the very start of our campaign ahead of the Spending Review. We have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country.
The Kent Homechoice partnership has developed and implemented three online tools to transform the way in which people across Kent and Medway gain access to homelessness support and the housing registers.
While Right to Buy has helped thousands of families into home-ownership, the rules governing the scheme and the Housing Revenue Account have not enabled councils to replace those homes which are desperately needed in so many parts of the country.
The Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support local authorities deliver a project that helps meet the housing need of their local area. It aims to be simple, flexible, and locally-led.
Find out more about what the programme can offer your council in our prospectus.
We hope the case studies included in this publication provide inspiration to all those with a shared interest in ensuring that the aspirations and needs of people and communities are at the centre of our collective efforts to deliver new, high quality development.