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The Council works alongside its partners to boost the supply of and access to decent affordable housing across Bournemouth. There are a number of strategies and plans in place that set out our aims and how we plan to meet these aims.
We are pleased to introduce the new Bournemouth Housing Strategy| which was approved by Cabinet in February 2013 and covers the next 7 year period.
The new Housing Strategy presents a clear, ambitious way forward in order to improve housing in Bournemouth. It sets out priorities and aspirations for the Town which will form the focus of activities over the next few years.
The Strategy draws together all of the housing issues into one comprehensive document. Rather than requiring additional documents, this Strategy also comprises the Homelessness Strategy, the Empty Homes Strategy, the Private Sector Housing Strategy, the Housing Related Support Strategy (formerly Supporting People) and the Learning Disabilities Housing Plan.
The housing vision for Bournemouth is set out in 8 key housing aspirations:-
Read the Bournemouth Housing Strategy 2013-2020|
The Localism Act 2011 requires Housing Authorities to develop a Tenancy Strategy that sets out the local strategic priorities to be met by Registered Providers through their own Tenancy Policies which Providers will require in order to adopt flexible tenancies and the new Affordable Rented tenure.
The Tenancy Strategy for Bournemouth seeks to reconcile the new housing offer with the need to meet key strategic housing priorities and to create sustainable communities. The strategy sets criteria for protecting levels of affordability and gives a clear and consistent criteria under which fixed term tenancies are granted and reviewed. The strategy also ensures that the new offer does not have a negative impact in terms of homelessness by setting protocols between Registered Provider and the Council aimed at managing the impact. Finally, the strategy seeks to protect vulnerable tenants by ensuring that housing remains able to meet longer term needs.
Read the Tenancy Strategy 2012-2015|
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