At Home in Eastbourne - Eastbourne's Housing Strategy 2013-2020 - Lewes District Council

 
At Home in Eastbourne - Eastbourne's Housing Strategy 2013-2020 - Lewes District Council
At Home in Eastbourne
Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020
At Home in Eastbourne - Eastbourne's Housing Strategy 2013-2020 - Lewes District Council
AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                                Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                           INTRODUCING                                                                                      Many older houses in Eastbourne have
                                                                                                                            been converted into flats, including

                            AT HOME IN                                                                                      these fine looking Victorian buildings
                                                                                                                            sitting just off the seafront.

                           EASTBOURNE

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                                  astbourne Borough Council               Developing our strategy
                                  (EBC) has a clear vision of
                                                                               We have looked at the town’s
                                  Eastbourne’s future. A better place
                                                                               economy and the people who
                                  to live with a future based on new
                                                                               live here
                        high technology industry, improved holiday
                        and leisure attractions, faster transport links        We have talked with individuals and
                        and better homes. That means:                          families, with business and estate
                                                                               agents, landlords and tenants, home
                            Helping people to be safe and secure
                                                                               buyers, those without a home, and
                            Making the town more prosperous                    financiers – and used what we learned
                            and helping everyone share in                      to create this housing strategy
                            that prosperity
                                                                                We have reviewed national as well
                             Thinking ahead by listening to what                as local research to find out about
                             people want and don’t want and                     aspirations and experiences
                             responding to their hopes and fears
                                                                                We have considered all the resources
                             Supporting people to be at home in                 we have available to us
                             the town
                                                                          Pulling this together, we have identified four
                        ‘At Home in Eastbourne’ – the Council’s           themes for our housing strategy:
                        housing strategy 2013 through 2020 – is
                                                                                Providing homes that support
                        our way of helping more people to find and
                                                                                prosperity and choice
                        keep a good home in Eastbourne. We want
                        to make sure that the way we encourage                  Finding and keeping a home
                        investment in housing and homes supports
                                                                                Improving the quality of our homes
                        a strong and prosperous future for
                        Eastbourne.                                             Enjoying homes and neighbourhoods
                                                                                                                                                                                  TO HELP PEOPLE, BUSINESSES
                                                                                                                            Between April 2006 and
                                                                          We have made a set of commitments,               March 2012 an average of
                                                                                                                                                                                  AND HOUSING PROVIDERS WORK
                                                                          explored within each chapter, to deliver           265 new homes were                                   TOGETHER, WE WILL:
                                                                          each of the four themes:
                                                                                                                             added per year to the                       Tailor and shape our housing and economic interventions in the market place,
                                                                          Outcomes – what we want to see happen              town’s housing stock                        bids for external funds and policies and services to support the four priorities
                                                                          in Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                                                         Focus our efforts and resources and encourage our partners to join us in
                                                                          Actions – what we will do and by when
                                                                                                                                                                         bringing these outcomes to life
                                                                          Policies and Procedures – the day-to-day
                                                                                                                                                                         Consider how our actions can increase the future capacity of the Council to
                                                                          policies, procedures and guidance needed to
                                                                                                                                                                         help people to be at home in Eastbourne
                                                                          make the ideas real

                                                                          Resources – the money, skills and                                                          In March of each year the Council will publish an Action Plan. This will say what
                                                                          capabilities available in Eastbourne to bring                                              we will do over the following twelve months to bring to life the outcomes set out
                                                                          each theme to life                                                                         in this strategy. We will also report on what we have done in the previous year.

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At Home in Eastbourne - Eastbourne's Housing Strategy 2013-2020 - Lewes District Council
AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                                                     Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                     WE ASKED WHAT PEOPLE
                                            WHERE ARE                                                                                                                                                THOUGHT THE COUNCIL SHOULD
                                                                                                                                                                                                     BE DOING ABOUT HOUSING. THEY
                                            WE TODAY                                                                                                                                                 TOLD US WE SHOULD:
                                                                                                                                                                                           Work across all tenures to improve the quality, choice and management of homes

                                                                                                                                                                                           Improve existing buildings

                                                                                                                                                                                           Provide affordable and accessible housing

                                                                                                                                                                                           Make sure privately owned properties are not left empty and are made
                                                                                                                                                                                           available for use as homes

           The people                                                                                                                                                                      Make sure the environment is protected

           We asked the community what should be priorities for Eastbourne’s housing market:                                                                                               Provide family accommodation

                  Please indicate if you think the following are high, medium                                                                                                              Improve the infrastructure
                  or low priorites for the Eastbourne Borough Housing market.                         High            Medium              Low
                                                                                                                                                                                           Encourage landlords to reduce rent charges
            120                                                                                                                                   Stylish yet discrete – one of many
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                                                                                                                                                  executive homes in Eastbourne.       Government                                    Finance
            100                                                  22
                                                      26                          27                                                 28
                                                                                                 38                                                                                    In the past two years the Localism Act        Housing developers remain happy to
            80         66            69                                                                             53                                                                 2011 has introduced more options for          develop new homes if they know they
                                                                                                                                                                                       the way social landlords can manage           can sell them and they can get the
            60                                                                                                                       50                                                their homes, allowed local council            financial support they need during
                                                                 53               53                                                                                                   landlords to manage their homes free          the early stages of development.
                                                                                                 55
            40                                        81                                                                                                                               from annual Government spending               Social landlords are still able to provide
                       35            32                                                                             47                                                                 constraints and allow the Council to          new affordable homes for rent and
            20                                                   36                                                                  33                                                promote the interests of its area.            sale but only if they can make
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                       10            10                                                          18                 11                                                                 Planning policy at a national level           developments financial viable.
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                                                                                                                                                                                       through the National Planning Policy          The financial sector has, since the
                  Building      Building         Building    Building        Building       Building           Improving the    Increasing the
                  affordable    affordable       executive   homes to buy    properties     properties         quality of       availability of                                        Framework has been simplified. The            economic downturn, adopted a
                  homes to      homes to buy     homes       on the open     designed for   designed for       existing stock   the private                                            Welfare Reform Act 2012 has changed           risk-averse approach to lending,
                  rent          (shared                      market          older people   people with                         rented sector
                                ownership,                                                  specialist needs                                                                           the social security system, including         both to businesses and individuals.
                                shared equity)                                                                                                                                         help for low income households to
                                                                                                                                                                                       meet their housing costs.
             A detailed review of the dynamics of the Eastbourne            The same review highlighted these factors to shape
             housing market showed that:                                    the Council’s housing and planning policies which:

                   Demand for homes is high – especially from
                   families and retired people
                                                                                  Respond to the impact of changes in the size
                                                                                  and the nature of the population when deciding
                                                                                                                                                                                       L    ooking ahead when deciding how
                                                                                                                                                                                            to shape and influence a local housing
                                                                                                                                                                                       market is not easy. However over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Changes to the social security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            system are may change the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            incomes of low and medium
                                                                                  what homes to provide                                                                                lifetime of the strategy it is likely that:          income households, whether they
                   Estate agents emphasised the need for
                                                                                                                                                                        LOOKING TO                                                          are in or out of work
                   affordable homes and more pro-active lending                   Recognise more affordable housing is needed                                                              The population will continue to
                                                                                                                                                                        THE FUTURE
                   practices, especially to help first time buyers and            with a wider range of options offering more                                                              grow in number and the profile will              Incomes for the majority of people
                   unlock the market for second time movers                       choices for people wanting to buy a place to live                                                        shift towards a greater number and               are unlikely to rise as quickly as
                                                                                                                                                                                           percentage of older people                       the cost of accommodation or the
                   There is greater need for three bed room family                Take account of the wider economic impact of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            overall cost of living
                   homes but there is a sufficient number of two                  different tenures when deciding how to support                                                           The national economy is likely to
                   bedroom flats                                                  investment by both the Council itself and                                                                remain subdued with business                     There will be less public money
                                                                                  other organisations                                                                                      investment being held back until                 to invest in housing
                                                                                                                                                                                           economic prospects are seen to
                                                                                  Take advantage of those national initiatives                                                                                                              Local councils may have fewer
                                                                                                                                                                                           have improved
                                                                                  – such as HomeBuy and the Local Authority                                                                                                                 resources but they will have
                                                                                  Mortgage Scheme – which support                                                                          Opportunities for well paid, full                greater local ability to determine
                                                                                  local aspirations                                                                                        time employment may be less than                 how they use and earn resources
                                                                                                                                                                                           in the past

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At Home in Eastbourne - Eastbourne's Housing Strategy 2013-2020 - Lewes District Council
AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                    Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                                  THEME ONE:
                                   PROVIDING                                                                                                          Eastbourne Household Age Profile – 2033

                                  HOMES THAT                                                                                                          Age of head of household
                                                                                                                                                      18-34
                                                                                                                                                                                             Predicted change to 2033
                                                                                                                                                                                             - 2.7%

                                    SUPPORT                                                                                                           35-64
                                                                                                                                                      65+
                                                                                                                                                                                             + 19.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                             + 66.7%

                                  PROSPERITY
                                  AND CHOICE                                                                                                            Traditional house styles, like these in Hampden Park,
                                                                                                                                                        are popular in Eastbourne.

                             The shape we’re in…                                     Average household income in Eastbourne
                                                                                in 2011 was £32,962 compared to the

                             M
                                               uch of Eastbourne’s
                                                                                average for England as a whole at £35,992
                                               economy is based on the
                                                                                and the south east of England £40,226.
                                               service sector. High skilled
                                                                                Average discretionary income in Eastbourne
                                               businesses are few in
                                                                                was £158.55 per week and £217.42 per
                             number. Although the town has a small
                                                                                week for England as a whole. This suggests
                             number of industrial estates with some
                                                                                that basic living costs, with housing being
                             manufacturing facilities, it remains true to its
                                                                                the largest element, in Eastbourne are
                             heritage as a seaside resort. In recent years,
                                                                                higher even though incomes are lower.
                             Eastbourne has developed its role as a
                                                                                The unemployment rate for those aged
                             centre for English language courses for
                                                                                16-64 in Eastbourne for 2011/12 was 6.0%.
                             overseas students and as a conference
                                                                                It is therefore perhaps not surprising that
                             centre. How the town will continue to earn
                             a living in the future is uncertain. The need
                             to develop a strategy for taking forward
                                                                                Eastbourne households are feeling the pinch
                                                                                a little more than many others in the south
                                                                                east of England.
                                                                                                                                                      E     astbourne has a strong university
                                                                                                                                                            campus, part of Brighton University.
                                                                                                                                                      We need to understand the student
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the future lower numbers of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   people will enjoy the secure and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   relatively generous pension provision
                             Eastbourne’s economic development was                                                                                    accommodation offer to support the           that has been a feature of much of the
                             highlighted in July 2012 in the Council’s              Eastbourne in 2011 had 47,516 homes
                                                                                                                                                      sectors long term sustainability. We also    post war era. This may mean less
                             Corporate Peer Challenge. What is currently        providing homes for 99,400 people.
                                                                                                                                                      know that many students who come to          money to spend by older people on
                             known is that there may be growth                  The town is expected to have by 2035 a
                                                                                                                                                      the town to study do not stay after          both general needs services and those
                             potential in tourism, hospitality,                 population of 111,000 with households by
                                                                                                                                                      graduation. This is primarily because        specifically geared at an older client
                             care homes and retail.                             2033 expected to total 60,000. There is
                                                                                                                                                      the employment opportunities are             group. Future housing options for older
                                                                                predicted to be an average annual increase
                                                                                                                                                      limited while housing costs can be           people may therefore need to be more
    Listening to Eastbourne …                                                   between 2010 and 2033 of around 400
                                                                                                                                                      challenging for people at the start of       affordable in the future.
                                                                                households. This would suggest that by
         “Eastbourne is a growing town and we need to                                                                                   Average       their professional careers. Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                       There is also a need to consider
                                                                                2020 Eastbourne will be home to at least
          ensure there are suitable properties available to                     104,000 people. As well as an increase in
                                                                                                                                  household income    will need to improve both the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the housing implications for today’s
                                                                                                                                   in Eastbourne in   employment opportunities and the
                                                                                total households their make-up is also likely                                                                      younger people as they get older. It is
          younger people who are currently stuck at home                                                                                              ability of people to start making
                                                                                to change, with a slight fall in younger          2011 was £32,962                                                 common for home buyers to enter
          with their parents. The cost of rental properties                                                                                           headway in their housing aspirations
                                                                                households but growth in middle and older          compared to the    if it is to increase the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   retirement without a mortgage – their
          is currently far too high for many of the young                       aged groups. The 35 to 64 year old group is           average for                                                  housing costs are less than those who
                                                                                                                                                      graduates who can contribute
                                                                                most likely to be made up of families with                                                                         rent, especially those whose landlord
          people in the town as they tend to be in low                                                                                England as a    towards building a new economy
                                                                                children, young adults or other dependants                                                                         is private. There are long term
          paid jobs. I would like to see action taken to                        living at home. There are an estimated 6,400
                                                                                                                                  whole at £35,992    for Eastbourne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   implications for public spending and
          address this in some way.”                                            Eastbourne households (16.1%) where there            and the south                                                 well being for tomorrow’s older people
                                                                                is a resident with a disability. Nearly a tenth     east of England                                                if their opportunities to buy a home, or
                                                                                of the population belong to non-white                   £40,226                                                    rent from a social landlord, are limited.
                                                                                minority ethnic groups. There has been since
                                                                                2001 an increase in people coming to
                                                                                Eastbourne from Poland and Portugal.

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At Home in Eastbourne - Eastbourne's Housing Strategy 2013-2020 - Lewes District Council
AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                        Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                            Between April 2006 and March 2012 an          To the north and east, the town is          East Sussex Housing Affordability
                        average of 265 new homes were added per        bounded by Wealden District Council which
                                                                                                                      Area                 Lower Quartile         Lower Quartile           Gross Income             Lower Quartile Income
         THEME ONE:     year to the town’s housing stock. Of the       has in place its own planning and housing
                                                                                                                                           House Price            Gross Income (Week)      (Annual)                 to House Price Ratio
      PROVIDING HOMES   total homes built over the period, 364 were    policies for developers and house builders.
        THAT SUPPORT                                                                                                  Lewes                £178,958               £365                     £18,975                  9.4
                        affordable. The vacancy rate for empty         The Wealden areas of Wannock, Willingdon,
       PROSPERITY AND   homes at 3.5% is higher than the 2.2%          Polegate and Stone Cross do still have some    Wealden              £173,083               £384                     £19,963                  8.7
           CHOICE       recorded for the South East. Two thirds of     capacity for new homes. These areas could      Rother               £146,792               £358                     £18,626                  7.9
                        people own or are buying their home while      be said to serve the wider Eastbourne          Eastbourne           £130,944               £321                     £16,692                  7.8
                        nearly a fifth rent accommodation from a       housing market. Between these areas and
                                                                                                                      Hastings             £110,317               £333                     £17,321                  6.4
                        private landlord. Social housing’s share of    Hailsham there is a stretch of ‘green belt’,
                        the housing market remains stable. Houses      as there is to the east in the area between    East Sussex          £145,000               £350                     £18,200                  8.0
                        in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) account for      Pevensey and Bexhill. Land therefore is        South East           £162,500               £385                     £20,020                  8.1
                        approximately 1,300 properties in              perhaps the most challenging constraint on     England              £123,000               £360                     £18,720                  6.6
                        Eastbourne – 3.3% of Eastbourne’s housing.     Eastbourne’s ability to provide enough
                        Just 230 are subject to the national           homes for its population. Making effective        The normal lending criteria of            Housing is predicted to become
                        licensing scheme.                              use of the properties we have – both           between three and four times income       more expensive in future years.
                                                                       residential and commercial, the empty or       suggests that based on single income, a   Increases by 2017 are predicted in
                           Total remaining land capacity in
                                                                       under used spaces above shops – could          house would have to cost no more than     property prices of 22% and private
                        Eastbourne between 2011 and 2027 is
                                                                       make a positive contribution towards           £67,848 to be affordable in Eastbourne.   sector rents of 55% for the south east
                        enough for 2,243 new homes or 140 a year.
                                                                       providing more homes.                          However, the situation improves if the    as a whole, making owner occupation
                        There are few large developable sites in the
                        town. Many of the sites that can be                For those buying a home, Eastbourne is     household income increases, for           for those who can secure a mortgage
                        developed for housing are relatively small     slightly more affordable than its neighbours   example by virtue of having more than     arguably an even more viable option
                        with a capacity of below twenty homes.         and other areas in the south east of           one working member. Average               than it is now.
                        Expanding beyond the boundaries of the         England. That makes the town more              household income in Eastbourne in
                                                                                                                                                                   The high cost of housing is having
                        town is not feasible. Eastbourne is bounded    attractive than many parts of the region for   2011 was £32,964, 90% of the national
                                                                                                                                                                an increasingly negative impact upon
                        to the south by the English Channel and to     employers who want to locate somewhere         average. Using this as a guide, then a
                                                                                                                                                                the well being of households – a third
                        the west by the South Downs National Park.     that will give their employees the             mortgage of around £131,856 would
                                                                                                                                                                of households now cite this as causing
                                                                       opportunity to be a home owner. This gives     be the maximum that someone could
                                                                                                                                                                stress or anxiety in their family.
                                                                       Eastbourne a positive edge when it comes       safely secure. If a deposit of between
                                                                       to attracting inward investors.                ten and twenty per cent – between
                                                                                                                      £15,000 and £30,000 – is factored in,
                                                                                                                      an affordable home will need be priced                 OUTCOMES FOR PROVIDING
                                                                                                                      at or below a figure in the region of                  HOMES THAT SUPPORT
                                                                                                                      £150,000. First time buyers and middle
                                                                                                                      income households are not excluded
                                                                                                                                                                             PROSPERITY AND CHOICE:
                                                                                                                      from Eastbourne’s housing market.
                                                                                                                                                                      Encourage the development and provision of homes that meet the needs
                                                                                                                         Rents outside of the social housing          and aspirations of Eastbourne’s growing population
                                                                                                                      sector are high. Rising rent payments
                                                                                                                      combined with lower property prices             Support wider economic spending, reduce the risk of family poverty and
                                                                                                                                                                      encourage aspiration and economic activity – homes which are affordable
                                                                                                                      and mortgage rates now mean that on
                                                                                                                                                                      to both rent and buy for people working and living in Eastbourne
                                                                                                                      average, across England property
                                                                                                                      owners pay 18 per cent or £132 a                Encourage investment in homes in ways that contribute to and support
                                                                                                                      month less than those who rent. In              the wider, long term prosperity of Eastbourne
                                                                                                                      Eastbourne, while the difference is not
                                                                                                                                                                      Help people have a better quality of life as they get older – more housing
                                                                                                                      quite so marked, it is now not unusual
                                                                                                                                                                      options for older people and long term sustainable housing options for
                                                                                                                      for the cost of renting to be more than
                                  Between April 2006                                                                  the mortgage cost for buying a similar
                                                                                                                                                                      younger people
                                   and March 2012 an                                                                  home. Even after allowing for the               More housing options for people with disabilities and with special
                                  average of 265 new                                                                  additional costs faced by a home buyer          housing needs
                                   homes were added                                                                   such as buildings, life and mortgage
                                                                                                                                                                      Support the development of the education economy – homes for
                                  per year to the town                                                                repayment insurance over time the
                                                                                                                                                                      students while they are studying and affordable homes for when they
                                                                                                                      cost of buying is far less costly than
                                                                                                                                                                      have graduated
                                                                                                                      renting privately.

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                           Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                                     Planning Policy                             Finance                                                                               Sovereign Harbour has been developed
                                        Adopt the Core Strategy with provision      Review currently stalled sites capable
                                                                                                                               In 2011-12, there                       over two decades and includes a variety
                                                                                                                                were estimated                         of different and sometimes provocative
                                        for 228 new homes a year                    of providing twenty or more homes                                                  building styles.
         ACTIONS FOR                    (Target – Spring 2013)                      and identify reasons for development          to be 5,539
           2013-14                                                                  not taking place (Target – review            households –
                                        Adopt an Affordable Housing
                                        Implementation Technical Note to
                                                                                    completed by Spring 2013; options             12.5% of all
                                                                                    appraised by Summer 2013; viable              families – in
                                        influence and support housing
                                                                                    options prepared for appropriate
                                        developers and providers to develop                                                    Eastbourne living
                                                                                    interventions by Autumn 2013;
                                        new homes for owner occupation,
                                                                                    options approved by the Council
                                                                                                                                in fuel poverty
                                        including affordable homes, and social
                                                                                    by Winter 2013)
                                        rent (Target – adopted by Spring 2013)
                                                                                    Consider financial support options,
                                                                                    such as under-writing or joint
                                                                                    ventures, for the Council and other
                                                                                    public sector partners (for example the
                                                                                    Homes and Communities Agency) to
                                                                                    help developers bring forward new
                                                                                    homes. Examples include underwriting
                                                                                    early stage development costs or
                                                                                    providing support for developer and
                                                                                    mortgage access initiatives to help
                                                                                    people buy a home of their own
                                                                                    through Rent-to-Buy options, deposit
                                                                                    guarantee schemes and shared equity
                                                                                    purchase packages. (Developed in
                                                                                    conjunction with Eastbourne Housing,      New Homes                               Making good use of the homes and properties
                                                                                    Finance and Legal Specialists
                                                                                                                                Have available a range of ‘off
                                                                                                                                                                      already built
                                                                                    supported by the joint Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                the shelf’ policies and support         Eastbourne Asset Challenge – develop the opportunities for the
                                                                                    Borough Council and Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                packages that both encourage            Council to make the most effective use of its own asset base to improve
                                                                                    Homes Housing and Economic
                                                                                                                                developers build homes in               the range of facilities available in the town to attract visitors and
                                                                                    Development Project Board)
                                                                                                                                Eastbourne and help them to             investors, provide more homes and earn money to invest in economic
                                                                                                                                support people to buy a home of         development projects. (Target – complete Eastbourne Asset Challenge
                                                                                                                                their own (Target – ‘off the shelf’     Winter 2013-14)
                                                                                                                                incentive options available for use
                                                                                                                                                                         Seaside – consider how to exploit the Town Centre redevelopment to
                                                                                                                                informed by national good
                                                                                                                                                                         improve adjacent areas, including Seaside, which is the link between the
                                                                                                                                practice– Winter 2013)
                                                                                                                                                                         retail parks located on and around Lottbridge Drove and the Town Centre
                                                                                                                                Develop Council owned homes              itself. This could include improving the appearance of the area, focusing
                                                                                                                                for affordable rent (Target – 20         retail and commercial development in sustainable locations and
                                                                                                                                homes started by Winter 2013)            exploiting the value-for-money housing offer to help home-seekers buy a
Famous comedian Tommy Cooper                                                                                                                                             home of their own (Target – intervention needs considered and agreed
                                                                                                                                Support housing associations to
spent his summers in Eastbourne.                                                                                                                                         with local people – Autumn 2013; investment options to deliver agreed
This is his house in Motcombe Lane                                                                                              develop homes for affordable
where a wall mural has been                                                                                                                                              interventions agreed – Winter 2013-14)
                                                                                                                                rent and home ownership
designed to celebrate one of the
town’s most famous residents.                                                                                                   (Target – fifty homes started by         Bring empty homes back into use (Target – 100 homes each year)
                                                                                                                                Spring 2014)
                                                                                                                                                                         Consider conversions of redundant commercial properties to retail use
                                                                                                                                Review options to provide
                                                                                                                                                                         Bring into use as homes commercial space in the Town Centre
                                                                                                                                purpose built student
                                                                                                                                accommodation
                                                                                                                                (Target – Summer 2013)

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                      Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                           Economic Development                         Finance                                                                                                               Policies and Procedures to help
                                                                                                                      Eastbourne’s tallest building is South Cliff Tower, built in 1966,      provide homes that support
         LOOKING              Develop an Eastbourne Economic               Take forward agreed options for stalled    and offers amazing views across the English Channel.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Prosperity and Choice
      AHEAD – ACTIONS         Development Strategy – to link past,         sites capable of providing twenty or
        FOR 2014-15           current and potential economic and           more (Target – development plans and                                                                                  Core Strategy (Spring 2013)
                              housing investment to bring inward           agreements in place Summer 2014;
         THROUGH                                                                                                                                                                                  Planning Policy Technical Note
                              commercial investors to Eastbourne           start on site Winter 2014-15)
          2019-20                                                                                                                                                                                 (Spring 2013)
                              Assess the viability and potential of        Prepare programme for submission
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eastbourne Asset Challenge Process
                              Community Benefit and Local                  to National Affordable Housing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Winter 2013-14)
                              Employment Clauses for all local             Programme (NAHP) 2015 onwards for
                              authority new build contracts;               at least 20 new affordable homes a                                                                                     HRA Business Plan
                              encourage housing associations and           year (Target agreed programme                                                                                          (in place – reviewed annually)
                              developers to take a similar approach        Autumn 2014; deliver homes Spring                                                                                      Empty Homes Procedure
                              (Target – for the Council Winter 2014;       2015 onwards)                                                                                                          (in place – to be reviewed 2014-15)
                              for housing associations and developers
                              by Spring 2015)                                                                                                                                                     Community Benefit Clauses Policy
                                                                        New Homes                                                                                                                 (to be developed 2014-15)
                              Select preferred affordable housing
                              development partners – General Needs,        Prepare a programme for Housing
                              Older Person’s Homes and Special             Revenue Account (HRA) Borrowing                                                                                    Resources to help provide a
                              Needs Housing (Target – preferred            supported programme of new Council                                                                                 choice of homes that improve
                              partners selected by Spring 2014)            owned homes for affordable rent                                                                                    the chances of everyone to
                                                                           (Target – prepare programme Summer                                                                                 enjoy and share in a more
                                                                           2016; deliver programme spring                                                                                     prosperous Eastbourne
                                                                           2017 onwards)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Private developer and housing
                                                                           Develop family sized homes for                                                                                         association investment in new homes
                                                                           households with a disabled family
                                                                           members (Target – develop proposals                                                                                    Promotion of Sovereign Harbour as an
                                                                           Autumn 2014; deliver homes Spring                                                                                      anchor location for inward investment
                                                                           2015 onwards)                                                                                                          for high tech scientific and IT
                                                                                                                                                                                                  development employment and
                                                                           Secure additional affordable housing                                                                                   business location
                                                                           for older people, located in the central
                                                                           areas of Eastbourne, as part of wider                                                                                  Promotion of high speed internet
                                                                           private housing developments (Target –                                                                                 connectivity across Eastbourne
                                                                           develop proposals Autumn 2014;                                                                                         Activating Eastbourne to help people
                                                                           deliver homes Spring 2015 onwards)                                                                                     find and keep a job
                                                                           (100 homes)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  General Fund Investment Capacity for
                                                                           Make sure that all large scale housing                                                                                 the Eastbourne Development Fund
                                                                           developments include homes designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Commuted Sums Fund for
                                                                           to meet the needs of disabled people
                                                                                                                                                                                                  affordable housing

     On 1st April 2012 there were 3,889 households                                                                                                                                                New Homes Bonus
                                                                        Making good use of the
           on the Council’s Housing Register                            homes and properties                                                                                                      Housing Revenue Account
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Borrowing Capacity
                                                                        already built
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Council owned land – ideally suited
                                                                           Deliver the options agreed as part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for providing affordable homes
                                                                           the Eastbourne Asset Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                  HCA NAHP 2015 onwards

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Section 106 Contributions

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                                           Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                                            THEME TWO:                                                                               Demand for services to people who
                                                                                                                                  are homeless is expected to increase. In
                                            FINDING AND                                                                           2011-12, there were 300 repossession
                                                                                                                                  claims in Eastbourne – one for every

                                          KEEPING A HOME                                                                          156 homes which is slightly lower than
                                                                                                                                  the national average of one in every

                                           IN EASTBOURNE                                                                          115. In winter 2012, Eastbourne found
                                                                                                                                  eleven rough sleepers on one night
                                                                                                                                  alone – the highest number ever
                                                                                                                                  recorded in the town. Changes to the
                                                                                                                                                                                          Listening to Eastbourne …
                                                                                                                                  social security system introduced by
                                                                                                                                  Welfare Reform Act 2012 are likely to                             “Security of housing for it to be a home is
                                                                                                                                  affect the incomes of low and middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                     more important than owning a home.”
                                                                                                                                  income people and will introduce direct
                                                                                                                                  payment of housing supplements to
                                       The shape we’re in…                                                                        households rather than landlords.              necessarily the affordability of the
                                                                                                                                  The number of people who may find              monthly mortgage repayments but the

                                       H
                                                   omelessness is perhaps the most acute expression of housing need.
                                                                                                                                  their current housing situation difficult      ability to secure finance. There is a role
                                                   Preventing homelessness is therefore critical especially as one in five
                                                                                                                                  to sustain is predicted to increase.           for the Council to benefit Eastbourne
                                                   people say that if they were evicted from their home they would be
                                                                                                                                  Homelessness is also expected to rise          by helping people fulfil home
                                                   sleeping rough that night.
                                                                                                                                  as a direct consequence of the                 ownership aspirations.

                                        Year              Decisions              Acceptances                                      changes. The Council clearly needs to              An increasing number of households
                                                                                                                                  maintain its past success in preventing        are now renting accommodation. Apart
                                        2010/11           97                     12
                                                                                                                                  homelessness and helping those who             from the long term cost of renting, of
                                        2009/10           152                    26                                               do lose their home find a new place            particular concern to young families is
                                        2008/09           335                    125                                              to live.                                       the lack of security and stability offered
                                                                                                                                      The preferred tenure, based upon           by private rented accommodation.
                                                                                                                                  satisfaction of residents, in Britain          More than a third of tenants worry
                                                                                                                                  remains owner occupation, followed by          about their landlord ending their
             IN EASTBOURNE, THE COUNCIL’S HOUSING SPECIALISTS                                                                     social housing and then private rented         contract before they are ready to move.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The issue of security of home is equally
                                                                                                                                  housing. Social housing has high levels
             HAVE OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS BEEN ABLE TO                                                                          of satisfaction amongst tenants. Owner         important for people in Eastbourne.
             PREVENT AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO                                                                           occupation remains the aspiration for          The average let lasts less than three
                                                                                                                                                                                 years with these moves not always
             APPLY TO THE COUNCIL FOR HELP FROM BECOMING                                                                          more than three quarters of young
                                                                                                                                  people – indeed owner occupation is            being at the choosing of the tenant.
             HOMELESS. WE OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES:                                                                         the ambition for 86% of the whole              This has an impact on the quality of life
                                                                                                                                  population. That is perhaps not                of residents, may disrupt schooling and
     On-demand help to assist people in keeping their home, find a home if they need one or receive general advice and            surprising when research shows that            healthcare and can add to the cost of
     help about any issues to do with their housing                                                                               people who own their home have the             living of families unable to easily to
                                                                                                                                  highest levels of life satisfaction. It also   cover home-move expenditure. Recent
     Support for Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) to provide help and advice to people looking for a place to live, including those
                                                                                                                                  reflects a view recently revealed in           research shows that renters feel less
     who are not statutory homeless
                                                                                                                                  national research that owning a home           attached to their local communities,
     A Landlord Liaison Specialist who works with wide range of helpful private landlords to find accommodation for               gives people: “a measure of security           are more likely to delay starting a family
     households at risk of being on the streets                                                                                   and control over where they lived…             and building their careers because of
     Rent Deposit guarantees paid to help access privately rented accommodation                                                   with a stake in their society”.                the uncertainty around renting. Private
                                                                                                                                  Many small businesses start on the             landlords should be encouraged and
     A Rough Sleeper Co-ordinator, working across Sussex, to help people sleeping rough put a roof over their head                                                               supported to offer longer term
                                                                                                                                  back of funds secured against the
     Using the legal power to help those who are statutorily homeless by finding them a year long tenancy in the private          entrepreneur’s home. This is a resource        tenancies, as is the case in much of
     rented sector while still retaining the right to offer priority to some types of homeless household for a social home        and source of economic development             Europe. Doing so will help reduce their
                                                                                                                                  that may be constrained if people are          turnover and costs from refitting
     A sanctuary scheme to protect people suffering domestic violence
                                                                                                                                  denied viable opportunities to buy a           properties between tenancies and
     Tailored services for young people, including the YMCA’s provision of interim accommodation to help people ease into         home. The primary barrier to home              losing rent while properties
     independent living, the Eastbourne Foyer and the East Sussex Supporting People scheme for young mothers                      ownership for many people is not               stand empty.

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                                      Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                                                                                                                                 Outcomes for Finding and Keeping a Home
                                                                                                                                 in Eastbourne
         THEME TWO:                                                                                                                 Make sure that people can make quick and informed decisions about their
          FINDING AND                                                                                                               housing choices – accurate and pragmatic advice and help for people who
       KEEPING A HOME IN                                                                                                            are homeless, right first time every time
          EASTBOURNE
                                                                                                                                    Help people who have fallen on hard times maintain their aspirations to
                                                                                                                                    remain home owners – practical support for people who are behind with
                                                                                                                                    their mortgage retain rather than lose their home

                                                                                                                                    Help people avoid loss of home through income reductions – prudent and
                                                                                                                                    practical advice and support for people with low incomes to help them
                                                                                                                                    manage their money so that they can make their housing costs

                                                                                                                                    Reduce the time people spend without a place to live or stay while they are
                                                                                                                                    looking for a home

                                                                                                                                    Recognise the high start up costs for private tenancies – practical help for
                                                                                                                                    people who need to rent have better access to such help as rent deposits

                                                                                                                                    Avoid unnecessary homelessness and costs and disruption to landlords –
                                                                                                                                    support people, including those with life-skill problems, maintain a tenancy
                                                                                                                                    where it is appropriate for them to live independently of family and friends          The costs of
                                                                                                                                    Support rough sleepers to find a place to live                                        ‘affordable
                                   Social landlords have since 2012 had             The costs of ‘affordable housing’ are
                                                                                                                                    Make provision for Gypsy and Traveller Sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          housing’ are
                                the option of using short term tenancies.       lower than average rents in the private                                                                                                    lower than
                                However, analysis by Eastbourne Borough         market. Not surprisingly then, there is a high      Provide safe sanctuary-style accommodation and security works to their
                                                                                                                                    home for people who have suffered domestic violence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        average rents in
                                Council, Housing Voice and Shelter suggests     demand for affordable rented housing. On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the private
                                that the impacts of short term tenancies        1st April 2012 there were 3,889 households          Fulfil aspirations and support economic prosperity for both households and
                                may be damaging both economically and           on the Council’s Housing Register while just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             market
                                                                                                                                    Eastbourne – help people who want to be home owners to buy a home
                                socially. This view is reinforced by research   217 Council homes were let between 1st
                                undertaken by the Institute for Public Policy   April 2010 and 31st March 2011. What this           Provide stability and security for families in well kept, affordable and well
                                research into the social impact of private      means is that at the current rates of lettings      managed homes and encourage private landlords to offer longer term
                                sector renting where short term tenancies       and assuming no-one else joined the                 tenancies for those who want or need to rent
                                are the norm.                                   Register, it would take the Council just
                                                                                under 18 years to house everyone who
                                   The Council has decided to make a
                                                                                wants a Council home. A similar position is
                                strong commitment to support its own
                                                                                experienced by housing associations. There
                                tenants’ security and stability with a
                                                                                is then a clear need for more affordable
                                Tenancy Policy that favours the use of
                                                                                housing in Eastbourne.
                                secure tenancies. Housing associations,
                                whose heritage in part was to address              The Council will encourage development
                                the insecurity of privately rented              and provision of more homes in Eastbourne.
                                accommodation, can play a major role by         Opportunities to use new investment to
                                offering assured periodic tenancies to          support a long term, wider view across the
                                Eastbourne households. This is the preferred    whole economy will be taken and
                                option in the Council’s Tenancy Strategy.       supported. By encouraging investment to be
                                                                                made in way that supports the needs and
                                                                                aspirations of local people - and to be
                                                                                affordable to them now and in the future –
     Listening to Eastbourne …                                                  developing homes can make a positive
                                                                                contribution to the sharing and spreading
           “I think that more needs to be done for first                        prosperity throughout Eastbourne.
            time buyers and renters on low wages.”                                                                                  Modern family homes in Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                    can be found close to the town
                                                                                                                                    centre – these are in Upperton.

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                        Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                        Finding a home                                Preventing homelessness                                      Finding a Home                                Policies and Procedures to
                           Home Access Experience – to improve          Strengthen relationships with private                         Integrate the Home Access Experience
                                                                                                                                                                                 help people find and keep
                                                                                                                    LOOKING                                                      a home in Eastbourne
                           the homelessness, housing options and        landlords to provide accommodation       AHEAD – ACTIONS      into the Council’s new Customer First
     ACTIONS FOR           housing advice provision in Eastbourne       needed to prevent homelessness                                approach to service delivery                   Eastbourne Tenancy Policy (in place)
                                                                                                                   FOR 2014-15
       2013-14             by streamlining access for clients           (ongoing)                                                     (Target – Spring 2014)
                                                                                                                    THROUGH                                                          East Sussex Tenancy Strategy
                           introducing ‘self service’ options,
                                                                        Provided temporary accommodation for         2019-20          Review and if successful extend the            Framework (in place)
                           e-communication of options and advice
                                                                        those statutory homeless households to                        Local Authority Mortgage Scheme to
                           and reducing the waiting times for                                                                                                                        Eastbourne Allocations Policy (in place)
                                                                        help provide decent accommodation,                            help first time buyers buy a home of
                           clients (Target – new system in place by                                                                                                                  Preventing Repossessions Policy
                                                                        readily available, when it is needed                          their home (Target – extended by
                           Summer 2013, approved as working                                                                                                                          (Summer 2013)
                                                                        (Target – 13 units available by                               Spring 2014 – 30 home buyers
                           towards meeting the Government’s
                                                                        Summer 2013)                                                  helped and supported)                          Rent Deposit Policy (in place)
                           Gold Standard by Autumn 2013)
                                                                                                                                     Review the Council’s continued                  Homelessness Discharge Policy
                           Introduce a Local Authority Mortgage
                                                                                                                                     participation in East Sussex HomeMove
                           Scheme to help first time buyers buy       Keeping a Home                                                                                                 (in place)
                                                                                                                                     (Target review completed by
                           a home of their home (Target –               Provide support to develop and deliver                                                                       Rough Sleepers Initiative including the
                                                                                                                                     Autumn 2015)
                           introduced by Summer 2013 – 30               the East Sussex Welfare Reform Action                                                                        ‘Reconnecting Rough Sleepers’ and
                           home buyers helped and supported)            Plan (throughout 2013-14)                                                                                    ‘No Second Night Out’ (Spring 2013)
                           For young people, continue to support        Introduce the Preventing Repossession
                                                                                                                                   Preventing homelessness                           Homelessness Strategy and Home
                           the YMCA in providing interim                Fund (Target – policy agreed by Spring                       Review and if successful extend the             Access Experience (Gold Standard
                           accommodation for young people,              2013 and in place by Summer 2013)                            Preventing Repossession Fund                    service in place by Autumn 2013)
                           to better prepare them for living                                                                         (Target – Spring 2014)
                           independently and work with East             Introduce a Transitional Housing
                           Sussex Supporting People Team to             Support scheme to help people have                                                                       Resources to help people
                           introduce a new service for Young            time to manage changes to their                                                                          find and keep a home in
                                                                                                                                   Keeping a Home
                           Mothers target (Target – Spring 2013)        income arising from changes to the                                                                       Eastbourne
                                                                        social security system (Summer 2013)                         Continue to support the delivery of the
                                                                                                                                     East Sussex Welfare Reform Action Plan         Local Authority Mortgage Scheme
                                                                        Continue to support floating support                                                                        (Eastbourne Borough Council
                                                                        schemes that help people who need                            Develop rent and investment models
                                                                                                                                                                                    General Fund)
                                                                        help to live independently                                   that encourage private landlords to
                                                                                                                                     offer good quality, well managed,              Discretionary Housing Payments Scheme
                                                                        Introduce the Homelessness Change                                                                           (Department for Work and Pensions
                                                                                                                                     long term private tenancies
                                                                        project to help provide short-life                                                                          and Eastbourne Borough Council
                                                                        accommodation to help prepare                                                                               General Fund)
                                                                        vulnerable homeless people to live
                                                                        on their own (Target – open by                                                                              Preventing Repossessions Fund (DCLG)
                                                                        Winter 2013)                                                                                                Rent Deposit Scheme

                                                                                                                                                                                    Homelessness Prevention Grant

                                                                                                                                                                                    Homelessness Change Programme
                                                                                                                                                                                    (HCA and Eastbourne Borough Council)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Rough Sleepers Initiative (DCLG)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Eastbourne Private Landlords’ Forum
                                                                                                                                      On 1st April 2012                             Eastbourne Housing Forum
                                                                                                                                      there were 3,889
                                                                                                                                                                                    Eastbourne Housing Partnership
                                                                                                                                       households on
                                                                                                                                        the Council’s
                                                                                                                                      Housing Register

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                              Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                            THEME THREE:
                                                                                                                                                     There are major changes in the way public resources are to be made available
                            IMPROVING THE                                                                                                         to help people make their homes more fuel efficient. Green Deal, even with an
                                                                                                                                                  Energy Company Obligation (ECO) subsidy for the fuel-poor, is based upon the

                              QUALITY OF                                                                                                          household making some kind of financial contribution. Green Deal therefore
                                                                                                                                                  represents a significant challenge to the psychology of how low-income

                               HOMES IN                                                                                                           households plan their finances. Experience to date in persuading people to
                                                                                                                                                  improve their homes through taking out loans rather than receiving home
                                                                                                                                                  improvement grants has resulted in fewer properties being improved and more
                             EASTBOURNE                                                                                                           time needed by Council officers to support each case. This has led to concerns
                                                                                                                                                  over the ability of both Green Deal and ECO to impact upon families most
                                                                                                                                                  suffering fuel poverty.

                                                                                                                                                     Reducing fuel poverty then can make a real contribution to increasing
                                                                                                                                                  prosperity and making Eastbourne a better place to call home. The challenge is
                                                                                                                                                  quite clear – on average, the fuel bill of each fuel poor household would need to
                                                                                                                                                  be £415 less in order to take them out of fuel poverty. That represents potentially
                        The shape we’re in…                             accommodation rented from private
                                                                        landlords. Homes being bought with                                        an additional £415 per year to be spent in the wider Eastbourne economy.

                        E
                                  astbourne has 47,516 homes.
                                                                        mortgages and Council-owned homes are
                                  Each year, 265 new homes are
                                                                        usually in the best condition. By 2013,
                                  added to the stock less than 100
                                                                        the vast majority of social housing will
                                  are demolished. On average a
                                                                        meet national Decent Homes Standard.
                        house in Eastbourne may have to last for
                                                                        The Council’s Housing Revenue Account
                        around 500 years. That is why it is important
                                                                        Business Plan will keep Council homes
                                                                                                                         Listening to Eastbourne …
                        that homes are maintained and kept in a
                                                                        decent for the next thirty years.
                        good condition. Investment in homes has                                                               “Definitely support decent homes standards
                        wider economic benefits – every £1 spent           Fuel poverty overall is expected to                 and energy efficiency grants.”
 Eastbourne has         on construction generates a total of £2.84      increase in the future.In 2011-12, there
 47,516 homes.          in local economic activity.                     were estimated to be 5,539 households
 Each year, 265                                                         (12.5%) in Eastbourne living in fuel poverty.
                                                                                                                                                  Outcomes for improving the quality of homes
                            On average, a property owner should
 new homes are          budget to spend at least 1.0% of the value
                                                                        Thanks to the Decent Homes Programme,
                                                                                                                                                  in Eastbourne
                                                                        people living in social housing are better
  added to the          of their property per year to keep it in good                                                                                 Use investment in properties to support investment in people
                                                                        insulated against the risk of fuel poverty.
  stock and less        order. This is not always easy at a time of
                                                                        The SAP rating of homes owned by                                              – training and skills and local employment
   than 100 are         falling real incomes and cost of living
                                                                        Eastbourne Borough Council is 68.4.                                           Make sure that properties can continue to provide homes for future
    demolished          increases that leave little money available
                                                                                                                                                      generations – support and encourage property owners, private and social,
                        for essential maintenance. Since 2010,              The most effective and sustainable means
                                                                                                                                                      to maintain their properties to a good standard
                        no Government funding has been made             of making homes less expensive to heat
                                                                        (apart from keeping energy costs low) is to                                   Make sure that homes, including social housing, can remain in good
                        available to the Council to cover the cost of
                                                                        improve the energy efficiency of the home,                                    condition for the lowest possible cost – encourage the use of designs,
                        providing grants or loans to private property
                                                                        such as installing central heating, or cavity                                 components and materials that have a long life and are easy to maintain
                        owners to put right disrepair. Property
                        owners are now expected to take financial       wall and loft insulation – which may cut fuel                                 Set a good standard for the town and other property owners – a high
                        responsibility for keeping their property in    bills by up to 35% and 20% respectively.                                      standard of property maintenance by the Council for its own homes
                        good repair.                                    However, care needs to be taken to make                                       Reduce fuel poverty, lower carbon emissions and create employment
                                                                        sure that any reductions in domestic energy                                   opportunities – encourage fuel efficient and environmentally friendly
                           Fortunately, most properties in
                                                                        bills that come from these ‘retro-fit’                                        building and retro-fitting by the owners of existing properties
                        Eastbourne are in reasonable conditions,
                                                                        measures are not outweighed by additional
                        however, overall the stock is aging and there
                                                                        charges placed on fuel bills to cover the cost
                        are pockets of poorer quality homes
                                                                        of the improvements.
                        throughout the town, for example in the
                        Devonshire Ward. Surveys undertaken in
                        2005 and 2008 found that the poorer
                        housing conditions are most likely to be
                        found in homes owned outright and in

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                        Economic Development
                                                                                                               Many homes in Eastbourne have green spaces around them,
                           Support local supply chains and support employment across all sectors of the        helping to give the town its refreshingly open atmosphere.
                           employment market (blue and white collar) by researching the use of Community
     ACTIONS FOR           Benefit and Employment Clauses for Council maintenance contracts to support local
       2013-14             supply chains and employment (Target – review options – Winter 2013-2014)

                        Maintenance and Repair of Homes
                           Complete Decent Homes Programme to all Council homes (Target – Summer 2013)

                           Review future options to help homeowners maintain their homes through advice
                           and supported loans (Target – review completed by Winter 2013)

                        Fuel Poverty
                           Review and agree investment programme to improve the thermal efficiency of the
                           Council’s Pre-cast reinforced Concrete Properties (Target – review Summer 2013;
                           programme agreed Autumn 2013; start on site Winter 2013-14)

                           Introduce collective energy buying programme (Summer 2013)

                           Support the Green Deal and ECO

                           Deliver the Warm Homes, Healthy People programme (Target – Winter 2013-14)
                                                                                                                                                             Economic Development
                                                                                                                                 LOOKING                          Introduce Community Benefit and Employment Clauses into Council
                                                                                                                                                                  maintenance contracts (Target – develop and legally validate options by
                                                                                                                              AHEAD – ACTIONS
                                                                                                                                                                  Winter 2014-15; incorporate into all Council contracts let after Spring 2015)
                                                                                                                                FOR 2014-15
                                                                                                                                 THROUGH
                                                                                                                                  2019-20                    Policies and Procedures to improve the quality
                                                                                                                                                             of homes in Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                                                  Housing Revenue Account Asset Management Plan 2013-2018
                                                                                                                                                                  – reviewed and updated on an annual basis

                                                                                                                                                                  Housing Revenue Account Thirty Year Business Plan 2012 – 2032
                                                                                                                                                                  – in place and reviewed and updated on an annual basis

                                                                                                                                                                  Private Housing Renewal Policy – in place but to be reviewed and re-launched
                                                                                                                                                                  as a Home Improvement Policy for 2014-15

                                                                                                                                                             Resources to improve the quality of homes
                                                                                                                                                             in Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                                                  Property owners investing in their homes and properties

                                                                                                                                                                  Housing Revenue Account

                                                                                                                                                                  Investment by housing associations

                                                                                                                                                                  Green Deal (Private finance)

                                                                                                                                                                  Energy Company Obligations (Private finance)

                                                                                                                                                                  Warm Homes, Healthy People (Central Government)

                                                                                                                                                                  Parity Trust Eastbourne Loan Fund

                                                                                                                                                                  Housing Renewal Budget (Eastbourne Borough Council)

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                                              Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                          THEME FOUR:                                                                                       The Council’s own housing accounts      avoid people having to move home
                           ENJOYING A                                                                                   for 3,800 homes across the borough,
                                                                                                                        with the housing concentrated in
                                                                                                                                                                    and will remain a priority for
                                                                                                                                                                    future resourcing.

                           HOME AND                                                                                     Langney, Hampden Park and Old Town.
                                                                                                                        Housing associations have 2,800
                                                                                                                                                                       One of the most important
                                                                                                                                                                    partnerships will be the Health and
                        NEIGHBOURHOOD                                                                                   homes spread throughout Eastbourne.
                                                                                                                        How these homes are managed and
                                                                                                                                                                    Well Being Board, which from April
                                                                                                                                                                    2013 will have oversight over NHS and

                         IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                  tenants given a good service has a
                                                                                                                        major influence on how pleasant these
                                                                                                                                                                    related services. The East Sussex Board
                                                                                                                                                                    has published its strategy ‘Healthy
                                                                                                                        neighbourhoods are for people living
                                                                                                                                                                    Lives, Healthy People’. Its priorities for
                                                                                                                        in them.
                                                                                                                                                                    2013-2016 include:
                                                                                                                           Currently, the homes owned by the
                                                                                                                                                                         Safe, resilient, secure parenting
                                                                                                                        Council are managed on behalf of the
                                                                                                                                                                         for all children and young people
                                                                                                                        Council by Eastbourne Homes Limited
                                                                                                                        (EHL). The contract to manage the                Preventing and reducing falls,
                        The shape we’re in…                               The Council as part of its new approach
                                                                       to delivering services will during 2013 be       Council’s housing expires in March               accidents and injuries

                        A
                                     good home is about more than                                                       2015 so over the next year the Council
                                                                       introducing mobile Neighbourhood Advisors                                                         Supporting those with special
                                     just the home itself – it is as                                                    will decide the best way forward for its
                                                                       to take services to the streets. They will be                                                     educational needs, disabilities
                                     much about the neighbourhood                                                       landlord service. The Council will
                                                                       able to provide on-the-spot help and advice                                                       and long term conditions
                                     and the wider environment. This                                                    consider the view of local people and
                                                                       on such things as noise pollution and fly
                        was clear in the response to the Council’s                                                      tenants, value for money and the                A safe and secure home is essential
                                                                       tipping. This will allow the Council to tackle
                        consultation over the summer of 2012. We                                                        ability to manage homes in a way            to make these priorities a reality.
                                                                       problems such as litter more quickly and be
                        asked what made people happy with their                                                         that provides strategic support for         Commitments made by Eastbourne
                                                                       more able to understand what people want
                        current accommodation. This is what they                                                        the Council’s wider objectives              Borough Council as part of ‘At Home in
                                                                       to make their neighbourhood a better place
                        told us:                                                                                        for Eastbourne.                             Eastbourne’ will help improve the
                                                                       to live. We already have Neighbourhood
                                                                                                                                                                    health and well being of people living
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Council as
                            Good Location                              Panels in place and a commitment to                 For people who rent accommodation                                                         part of its new
                                                                                                                                                                    in the town. These include supporting
                                                                       support community groups.
                            Good Property and Garden                                                                    from private landlords, the Council’s       secure tenancies in social housing to              approach to
                                                                          Eastbourne has a very low crime rate and      Housing Standards Specialists provide       provide stable homes for families,              delivering services
                            Good Neighbourhood
                                                                       has no areas with severe or longstanding         help and support to resolve problems        practical support for private landlords          will during 2013
                            Good Amenities                             crime and disorder problems. However,            between landlord and tenant. This           and tenants to improve the condition
                                                                       anti-social behaviour, crime and the fear of     includes visiting and inspecting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     be introducing
                                                                                                                                                                    and management of properties, priority
                                                                       crime causes distress to individuals and is      properties that may not be to a good                                                              mobile
                                                                                                                                                                    for the provision of aids and
                        The four main reasons for people not           destructive to communities. Eastbourne           standard and taking any action –            adaptations for people with disabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Neighbourhood
                        being happy were:                              Borough Council is a member of the               including legal enforcement if              and the development of new homes                 Advisors to take
                            Neighbour related issues                   Community Safety Partnership which brings        necessary – to bring them up to             designed for people with special                    services to
                                                                       together different agencies and services to      standard. We will soon be introducing
                            Insufficient parking
                                                                                                                                                                    housing needs.                                      the streets
                                                                       co-ordinate work to reduce crime. One the        spot checks of licensed HMOs to make
                                                                                                                        sure that standards do not slip during         East Sussex County Council has the
                            Home too small                             Partnership’s main priorities are to develop
                                                                                                                        the licence period. Landlords get the       lead responsibility for directing the way
                                                                       and deliver effective neighbourhood
                            Desire to be an owner occupier                                                                                                          supported homes are provided for
                                                                       management in designated areas.                  benefit of an independent check on
                                                                                                                        their properties to help them keep up       many of the people with special
                                                                                                                        to date on health and safety matters        housing needs including those who
                        Listening to Eastbourne …                                                                                                                   particularly vulnerable. These services
                                                                                                                        and maintain high standards of
                                                                                                                                                                    are designed to help these people
                                “I think more should be done to encourage people to take                                property management.
                                                                                                                                                                    enjoy their homes by provided essential
                                 pride in their area and maintain their properties to a good                               In the first six months of 2012-2013,    support and services. In 2012, East
                                 standard and keep their gardens nicely and clear of rubbish.”                          Eastbourne Borough Council helped 40        Sussex County Council published a
                                                                                                                        people with Disabled Facilities Grants at   strategy ‘Pathways to Independence –
                                                                                                                        an average cost of £6,000 per client.       A strategy for supported housing and
                                                                                                                        The Council’s landlord service helped       housing support’. This set out the
                                                                                                                        our own tenants through the Aids and        commissioning intentions and priorities
                                                                                                                        Adaptations programme. These are            for a wide range of people with special
                                                                                                                        important programmes as they help           housing needs.

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                                                        Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                            Much of the County Council’s work for         Outcomes for enjoying a
                         people with specialised housing needs is         home and neighbourhood
         THEME FOUR:     delivered through the Supporting People          in Eastbourne
          ENJOYING A     team, which is accountable to a Strategic
           HOME AND                                                         Support local communities to develop
                         Forum including Eastbourne Borough
      NEIGHBOURHOOD IN                                                      their own priorities for improvements
                         Council. People with special needs are also
          EASTBOURNE                                                        to their neighbourhoods
                         supported by services provided directly by
                         Eastbourne Borough Council, including              Create pleasant neighbourhoods to
                         Disabled Facilities Grants, the Housing            co-ordinate and improve services –
                         Solutions Service and the Council’s Housing        maintain and develop partnership
                         Specialists who work closely with people           working between the Council’s
                         who are homeless or face the prospect of           Neighbourhood First Teams,
                         having nowhere to live.                            community and residents groups, the
                                                                            Police, landlords and property owners
                            The recent economic problems facing the
                         British economy have left people on average        Support the Eastbourne Community
                         experiencing incomes 6.4% lower now than           Safety Partnership Plan to reduce
                         they were in 2008. Eastbourne, together            anti-social behaviour and crime
                         with East Sussex Supporting People team, is
                                                                            Effective housing management by all
                         taking a lead on co-ordinating the advice
                                                                            types of landlord – to provide value for
                         and support that will be offered to help
                                                                            money for their tenants’ rent payments
                         people in East Sussex manage the impact of
                                                                            and deliver high standards of housing
                         changes being made to the social security
                                                                            and neighbourhood services
                         system. The need for this work is clear when
                         the possible impacts of such reductions            Help people move to the type of home
                         are considered.                                    best suited to their needs

                             Much of the Council’s work to improve          Make the best possible use of homes
                         neighbourhoods and help people better              adapted for use by people with
                         enjoy their homes will be done working             physical disabilities – to make sure
                         with other organisations and agencies. It is       that these special homes are prioritised                   Encourage communities and housing providers to work with Council’s new
                         critical for partnerships to be effective that     for those can get the most benefit                         Neighbourhood Advisor teams to build close relationships with community leaders,
                         they deliver value for money and contribute        from them                                                  organizations and residents in the areas they cover to improve the quality of
                         to the outcomes detailed in ‘At Home in                                                                       neighbourhoods (Target – team in place Spring 2013)
                                                                            Deliver an effective and efficient service   ACTIONS FOR
                         Eastbourne’. This will need robust                 providing adaptations to help disabled         2013-14     Lead the Neighbourhood Management initiative in Eastbourne and maintain support
                         agreements between partners, with
                                                                            people continue to be able to enjoy                        for the five current partnerships in Kingsmere, Willingdon Trees, Old Town, the Town
                         clearly defined expectations, responsibilities
                                                                            their home                                                 Centre and Shinewater/North Langney
                         and obligations.
                                                                            Support vulnerable people to have a                        Help and support residents in Devonshire West to exploit the opportunities offered
                                                                            home and home life that makes them                         by the Big Local funding award made in 2012 to improve their neighbourhood
                                                                            less vulnerable – good working
                                                                                                                                       Explore opportunities for working with voluntary and community organizations to
                                                                            relationships with our partners
     Economic problems facing                                                                                                          enhance current advice, financial inclusion and other community based services
                                                                            including East Sussex County Council,
      the British economy have                                              especially Adult Social Care and
                                                                                                                                       to support neighbourhoods and residents
       left people on average                                               Supporting People, and the Health                          Support people who rent their home from the Council and want to move to one that
     experiencing incomes 6.4%                                              and Wellbeing Board                                        is more manageable for their current needs and incomes
     lower now than they were                                               Coherent and co-ordinated services –                       Support people who own their home and want to move to one that is more
                in 2008                                                     to improve the overall offer of services                   manageable for their current needs and incomes
                                                                            across Eastbourne to local communities
                                                                                                                                       Review all options for the future of the Council’s landlord role (Target – review to start
                                                                            and to secure value for money for the
                                                                                                                                       Spring 2013 and preferred option agreed Winter 2013-14)
                                                                            Council in its partnership agreements
                                                                            with other agencies                                        Review the Council’s housing partnerships with other organisations, developing new
                                                                                                                                       agreements using the Council’s Budget and Service Assessment Matrix with shared
                                                                                                                                       performance indicators and outcomes (Target – all existing partnerships reviewed
                                                                                                                                       Spring 2013; new agreements in place Winter 2013-14)

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AT HOME IN EASTBOURNE                                                                                                                            Eastbourne’s Housing Strategy 2013-2020

                        Introduce an external environmental improvement programme for Council owned              Relevant Policies and Procedures to help people enjoy
                        homes to improve the appearance and desirability of housing estates (Target – start on   a home and neighbourhood in Eastbourne
        LOOKING         site by Spring 2015) (Eastbourne Homes Limited Asset Management Team supported
     AHEAD – ACTIONS    by Eastbourne Housing Specialists)                                                          Anti-Social Behaviour Policy (in place – Eastbourne Homes Limited)
       FOR 2014-15                                                                                                  Aids and Adaptations Policy (in place – Eastbourne Homes Limited)
                        Review the options for introducing better building standards for homes for disabled
        THROUGH         people (e.g. wider doors to allow use of non-powered wheelchairs) (Target – review          Disabled Facilities Grants Policy (in place – Eastbourne Borough Council)
         2019-20        completed by winter 2014-15) (Eastbourne Housing and Planning Specialists supported
                                                                                                                    Enforcement Policy (in place – Eastbourne Borough Council)
                        by DIG)
                                                                                                                    Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership Plan (in place)
                        Have arrangements in place for the future of the Council’s landlord role
                        (Target –preferred option in place by Spring 2015)                                          Eastbourne Borough Council Community Grants Policy (in place)

                        Fund and support voluntary and community projects, including community                      Eastbourne Youth Strategy (in place)
                        development and community centres, which meet the Council’s corporate outcomes
                                                                                                                    Pathways to Independence – A strategy for supported housing
                        Work with the Eastbourne Youth Partnership to find out more about the housing               and housing support’
                        aspirations of young people and how they can make those hopes a reality

                                                                                                                 Resources to help people enjoy homes and
                                                                                                                 neighbourhoods in Eastbourne
                                                                  Terminus Road lies at the heart of
                                                                  Eastbourne’s town centre. It leads straight       Tenant Incentive Scheme (Eastbourne Borough Council)
                                                                  from the railway station to the seafront
                                                                  and many people live in flats above the           Housing Solutions Service (Eastbourne Borough Council and
                                                                  restaurants and cafes that offer a choice         Supporting People)
                                                                  of cuisine from around the world.
                                                                                                                    Disabled Facilities Grants programme (Eastbourne Borough Council
                                                                                                                    and DCLG)

                                                                                                                    Aids and Adaptations Service (Eastbourne Borough Council)

                                                                                                                    Community Infrastructure Levy

                                                                                                                    Community Safety Partnership

                                                                                                                    Eastbourne Borough Council Neighbourhood First Service

                                                                                                                    Eastbourne Borough Council Community Grants Programme

                                                                                                                    Eastbourne Youth Bank

                                                                                                                    Local Trust (supported by Big Local funding) to be invested by residents
                                                                                                                    and stakeholders in Devonshire West to improve the area

                                                                                                                    Supporting People services

                                                                                                                    Disability Involvement Group

                                                                                                                                                            In 2011-12,
                                                                                                                                                   there were 300 repossession
                                                                                                                                                       claims in Eastbourne
                                                                                                                                                    – one for every 156 homes

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