Housing Strategy

Housing Strategy

The Fylde Coast Housing Strategy 2009 sets out housing priorities for the whole of Fylde, Blackpool and Wyre. The three local authorities have produced a joint housing strategy because there is a high level of integration in the local economy and housing market of the Fylde Coast. The single strategy will help us plan new housing and housing services according to how people actually live and work, unrestricted by local authority boundaries.

The Housing Strategy and strategy evidence base are available to download to the right of this page

Housing Priorities

The Fylde Coast Housing Strategy sets out the following priorities for the Fylde Coast area:

Quantity - Providing appropriate numbers of the right kind of high quality new homes 

  • support the local economy and meet long term demand for housing as household numbers rise by increasing rates of new building
  • provide more of the affordable homes that are in the highest demand
  • maintain a sustainable community life in rural settlements by providing affordable housing for local residents and workers who would otherwise be priced out

 Quality - Raising the quality of the overall housing offer to support growth in the Fylde Coast economy

  • reduce in-migration of people with chaotic life styles by reducing the numbers of poor quality private rented homes in inner Blackpool
  • enhance the residential offer in inner Blackpool and Fleetwood, with a wider range of house types and increased owner occupation
  • reduce concentrations of deprivation on large social housing estates by improving the neighbourhood environments, re-developing unpopular housing stock, and diversifying tenures
  • raise the quality of the private rented sector
  • improve housing conditions for people who are vulnerable because they are older or on low incomes, tackle fuel poverty and reduce domestic carbon emissions

People - Helping people to access the accommodation and support that they need to lead stable and prosperous lives

  • provide new opportunities for people at risk of homelessness, and those without work, to make a positive contribution to the local community
  • meet the changing requirement of older people and those requiring long term care through the provision of the right mix of specialist accommodation, and adaptations.    

Fylde Housing Action Plan

The development of the Fylde Housing Action Plan has been co-ordinated by a steering group of Fylde BC officers and members. Consultation with partners has taken place through the Fylde Strategic Partnership via the Housing Theme Group. The draft Fylde Housing Action Plan was considered by Fylde Borough Council Cabinet on the 28th June 2010. The action plan was approved and a copy of the final plan can be found on the right hand side of this page. The Local Strategic Partnership Housing Theme Group is currently considering the delivery of the plan.

For more details on the strategy documents please contact:

Andy Foot, Fylde Coast Housing Strategy Manager - andrew.foot@blackpool.gov.uk

Alternatively contact Lucy Wright Housing Policy Officer - lucy.wright@fylde.gov.uk or telephone 01253 658682

Fylde Coast Local Investment Plan

The four council leaders from the Fylde Coast - Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool and Lancashire County Council - joined the Government's Homes and Communities Agency in March 2011 to sign a Local Investment Plan (LIP) for the area. This sets out the priorities for investment in housing over the coming years and supports the delivery of the Fylde Coast Housing Strategy. The LIP for the Fylde Coast details how an appropriate supply of new housing, investment in existing homes, and work to improve the attractiveness of residential neighbourhoods across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre will help deliver prosperity and an improved quality of life for all residents.

A copy of the Local Investment Plan can be found in the downloads section to the right of this page.

Fylde Coast Tenancy Strategy

The three local authorities of Blackpool, Fylde, and Wyre are each required by the Localism Act 2012 to produce a Tenancy Strategy. They have decided to set out in a single document a Fylde Coast Tenancy Strategy, continuing the coordinated approach of the Fylde Coast Housing Strategy, and making it simpler for affordable housing providers and the public to understand the approach across the whole area.

In addition to providing guidance for Registered Providers as they set their policies on the use of fixed-term tenancies, the Fylde Coast Tenancy Strategy also sets out how the local authorities expect RPs to use the power to charge new affordable rents, and what RPs are expected to take into account when considering any sale of their housing stock.

The draft document can be viewed at the right of the page in the download section.

Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA)

 The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995 recognises local authorities’ ability to use their position to improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation (such as owner-occupied, privately rented and social housing) in their areas.

The council has had regard to the guidance issued in July 2012, pursuant to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, and has complied further reports. The reports set out the energy conservation measures that Fylde Borough council considers practicable, cost effective and likely to result in significant improvements in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in the Fylde area.

The latest report March 2017 is available to download to the right of this page. Please note this document is currently in draft form pending committee approval in June.