The Committee considered a progress report on
the Worcester City Private Housing Strategy (2015 – 2020).
The Private Sector Team Manager presented the report and
highlighted the main points.
It was explained that the Strategy has now
completed its fifth and final year. An internal desk top analysis
of private sector housing stock conditions will be undertaken in
the coming months and this information will be used to extend the
existing Strategy action plan for a further year. This will focus
on recovery and addressing the short-term impacts of Covid-19.
It is planned to commission a full stock
condition survey during 2021/22.
Funding of up to £40,000 will be required for this survey and
will be identified as a budget pressure for 2021/22. This
information will then inform the development of a new Private
Sector Housing Strategy and action plan.
In the ensuing discussion, the following main
points were made:
The Stock Condition Survey will include all types of tenancy. It is
based on a representative sample of each type.
There is no requirement to tell landlords and tenants about this
piece of work, but any decisions taken as a result will be shared.
Extending the Strategy will not diminish the service that is
offered currently, so there is no immediate impact on tenants.
Reference was made to Members and Officers working together on the
review. It was explained that the Private Sector Housing Strategy
is relatively narrow . The new Homes and Communities Strategy will
be more wide-reaching and it would be appropriate to involve
Members in developing the latter.
Reference was made to the Landlords’ Newsletter that has been
issued recently. A request was made for something similar to be
shared with tenants. Officers agreed to look at doing so.
Officers will look at actions taken in support of the current
Strategy to establish what work has been done in relation
under-occupied private sector homes.
RESOLVED: That the Committee:
note the contents of this report are noted, and in particular
the detailed Year 5 Progress Report at Appendix 1; and
agree to extend the existing Private Sector Housing Strategy
(2015 – 2020) at Appendix 2, up until 31st March