We are currently developing a new Local Housing Strategy(LHS) to cover the period 2017-2022. If you live in the Falkirk Council area, have your say and help develop the LHS by completing our survey.

We also have Private Sector consultations so you can have your say on Private Sector issues which will feed into the Local Housing Strategy. If you would like to have your say on Private Housing issues please complete the following surveys:


The Local Housing Strategy sets out how the Council and its partners plan to address housing issues and demand in our area over the next five years.

The vision for the Local Housing Strategy is Homes for Now, Homes for the Future.

The Strategy was informed by the following:

The Local Housing Strategy Action Update gives details on the current progress of our commitment towards achieving our 6 local housing strategic outcomes. We are dedicated to continually monitor and review the Action Plan and to publish an update on the Local Housing Strategy every year.

Local Housing Strategy Action Update 2014

Strategic Housing Investment Plan

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) outlines how investment into affordable housing will be used to achieve the Local Housing Strategy (LHS) outcomes.

It shows how the needs and priorities related to affordable housing will be tackled. It focuses on how projects will be delivered taking into account the availability of resources, land supply and infrastructure.

The main priority of the SHIP is new housing provision by the Council's Registered Social Landlord's (RSL). It takes into account any new council house building programmes which the Council may deliver.

In addition, the SHIP addresses regeneration activity and issues relating to energy efficiency and sustainability.

Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2014-2019

Housing Asset Management Plan

We also have a Housing Asset Management Plan, which sets out how we will manage our housing assets. This links closely to the Local Housing Strategy, and also the whole Council's Asset Management objectives:

Housing Asset Management Plan

Documents

Local Housing Strategy

Local Housing Strategy
Appendix 1 - HNDA
Appendix 2 - LHS Outcomes
Appendix 3 - Housing Supply Targets
Appendix 4 - Community Care Housing Needs Assessment
Appendix 5 - LHS Consultation
Appendix 6 - Equality Impacts Assessment
Appendix 7 - Strategic Environmental Assessment
Strategic Environmental Assessment for the LHS 2017-22
Appendix 8 - Poverty Impact Assessment
Appendix 9 - BTS Strategy 2011-16
Appendix 10 - Section 72 Statement of Assistance 2011-16
Appendix 11 - Housing Renewal Area Policy
Appendix 12 - HRA Capital Programme 2011-14
Appendix 13 - Home Energy Strategy
Appendix 14 - LHS Interim Statement 2010
Appendix 15 - Homelessness Strategy 2008-13
Appendix 16 - Housing Support and Links to HNDA and LHS EQIA
Appendix 17 - Council RSL New Build 2008-11
Appendix 18 - All Tenure Housing Condition Survey
Appendix 19 - Environmental Report
Housing Asset Management Plan
Local Housing Strategy Action Update 2014
Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2014-2019

Housing Need and Demand Assessment

HNDA for the Falkirk area
Getting Started
Identifying the housing market
Market Activity
Community Care Housing Needs Assessment
Demographic Report
Estimate of net annual housing need - stage 1
Estimate of net annual housing need - stages 2, 3, 4
Housing stock and conditions
LHS and HNDA consultation
RSL report
The Economy

Frequently asked questions

  1. Do local authorities have to develop a Local Housing Strategy?
  2. Is there guidance for a developing a Local Housing Strategy?
  3. What happens after a local housing strategy is developed?
  4. How does a Local Housing Strategy relate to national priorities?
  5. What are the key priorities or outcomes in the Local Housing Strategy?

Do local authorities have to develop a Local Housing Strategy?

Yes, it is a legal requirement under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.


Is there guidance for a developing a Local Housing Strategy?

Yes, the Scottish Government have developed guidance which can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/06/25093503/0


What happens after a local housing strategy is developed?

It must be approved by the full council and the Scottish Government. The strategy must meet the criteria:

Our Local Housing Strategy was approved by the full council in December 2011 and was approved by the Scottish Government in April 2012.

How does a Local Housing Strategy relate to national priorities?

It sets out how we will locally provide affordable housing to meet national targets.


What are the key priorities or outcomes in the Local Housing Strategy?

We will ensure that we:

  • Make the best use of existing and new housing to tackle local housing needs.
  • Provide advice and information on affordable housing options to help people access housing and to prevent homelessness.
  • Help older people and those with disabilities to make informed housing choices and any required adaptations to their home.
  • Provide housing support and other services to help people live independently.
  • Tackle fuel poverty and improve the condition of our existing housing stock.
  • Manage rented housing effectively and efficiently.