The Council is developing a new housing strategy for the next 5 years that will set out how the Council and its partners will work to tackle residents' concerns and help achieve their ambitions.
The strategy will set out the Council's priorities and vision for working towards everyone in Hackney having a genuinely affordable, good quality and secure home. It will build on what residents have told us already and recognise what other housing providers and partners can do to help build mixed and sustainable communities.
We consulted on this strategy in 2017 and a final housing strategy and action plan will be considered by the Council's Cabinet later this year.
As required by the Localism Act 2011, we have published a tenancy strategy.
The document sets out what registered providers of social housing in Hackney need to consider when formulating policies relating to:
- the kinds of tenancies they grant
- the circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy of a particular kind
- where they grant tenancies for a certain term:
- the lengths of the terms
- the circumstances in which they will grant a further tenancy if an existing tenancy comes to an end
You can find more details in our tenancy strategy below:
Homes for Londoners: Mayor of London's affordable homes programme 2016-2021
The Greater London Authority (GLA) has produced funding guidance for their affordable homes programme for which the Mayor of London has secured £3.15 billion from the government to fund new affordable homes for Londoners, for the period 2016-2021. The funding guidance provides London-wide guidance to registered providers and others, to help inform their bids for GLA funding.
The initial round of bidding closed 13 April 2017, but subject to funding availability the GLA will be undertaking continuous market engagement.
Guidance for registered providers in Hackney
The Council has also produced guidance for registered providers developing affordable new homes in Hackney, which sets out:
- the preferred bedroom size mix and tenure mix based on evidence about Hackney's housing need and policies in the local plan
- rent levels, reflecting the Mayor's London affordable rent and London living rent levels
- Hackney's preferred approach to shared ownership, for example, enabling local people living or working in Hackney within defined income brackets to be prioritised for properties for the first 3 months of marketing
The guidance for registered providers also sets out the Council's requirements around:
- conversion of re-lets to affordable rent
- supported and specialised housing
- right to buy for housing association tenants
Joint framework agreement with respect to the GLA's funding for new homes, 2015-2018 programme
The GLA's previous funding round (2015-18) has secured funding for a number of schemes to deliver affordable rent homes and low cost home ownership in Hackney. The 2015-18 programme has secured:
- lower rent levels - in agreement with the GLA rent levels should be 'capped' at 50% of lower-level market rents rather than at the average
- new, affordable shared ownership homes to buy, will be prioritised for local residents for the first 3 months of marketing
To learn more, read the joint framework agreement with the GLA below.