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Housing Strategy Priority Policy Area

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The Housing Strategy Priority Policy Area aims to review and set future direction in a number of housing related areas and 'problem areas'. Housing plays a key role in everyone's lives and making sure that the right type of housing is provided and operated as best it can be in Guernsey is essential.

The Housing Strategy Priority Policy Area comprises thirteen projects, which together will feed into creating an updated Housing Strategy for Guernsey. This Housing Strategy will be an agreed vision for the direction of housing related policymaking for the next 10 years. It will aim to make sure that the right type of housing is available to all in Guernsey.

In delivering these thirteen projects, nine of the projects have been grouped into a two-year Housing Strategy Programme. The Housing Strategy Programme was established following the States endorsement of the 2018 Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure Policy Letter "Local Market Housing Review and Development of a Future Housing Strategy". The additional four projects sit outside the Housing Strategy Programme but each directly feed into the setting of Guernsey's future Housing Strategy. 

A diagram showing the structure of the projects within the Housing Strategy Priority Policy Area can be viewed in the Downloads section on this page.

The nine projects of the Housing Strategy Programme are detailed below:

  • General Housing Law Project

    • This project was set up to review Guernsey's housing quality standards and to look at how these could be improved to help make sure that Guernsey has good quality housing.
    • The Policy Letter is available here. It summarises the findings and recommendations of this project, and was agreed by the States in June 2020.
    • This project is now complete with the following agreed objective having been met:
      • To develop and submit a Policy Letter to be approved by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure to be considered by the States of Deliberation for approval in Quarter 1 2020.
  • States Strategic Housing Indicator Project

    • The States Strategic Housing Indicator (SSHI) sets the number, type and size of additional units of accommodation that Guernsey needs to create in order to meet the Island's changing housing requirements.
    • This project aims to develop a data collection model that will predict Guernsey's housing requirement for the next 5 years and look at how this can be used to recommend the level of the States Strategic Housing Indicator.
    • This project is ongoing and its objectives have been agreed as:
      • Research best practice in developing and monitoring housing requirement data.
      • Identify an appropriate approach to identifying, developing and monitoring the States Strategic Housing Indicator that is consistent and meets the expectations of users.
      • Seek to obtain political approval on the preferred approach including the assumptions to enable housing requirement and SSHI modelling.
      • Define the modelling projection timescales and the generating frequency.
      • Define the 'housing requirement' and SSHI output components e.g. tenure, size, location, high net worth.
      • Develop and implement a housing requirement data collection process, methodology and model.
      • Develop and implement processes to set, review, and monitor and report the States Strategic Housing Indicator, and associated components, within the agreed timescales.
      • Identify ongoing resource requirements for monitoring and reviewing the States Strategic Housing Indicator (including the maintenance of the model).
      • Provide and encourage consistent terminology.
  • Key Worker Housing Strategy Project

    • The Key Worker Housing Strategy project aims to set an agreed definition of what a 'key worker' is and who this currently includes, and then look at what housing is currently provided for them and how this could be improved for the future.
    • The information that is gathered from this project will be used to create a Key Worker Housing Strategy for Guernsey.
    • The project is ongoing and its objectives have been agreed as:
      • Setting an agreed definition of "key worker" taking into consideration the limitations (Billet d'Etat XI 2007) and who constitutes a key worker.
      • Considering the role of, and need for, key worker housing.
      • Analysing the current provision of key worker housing in Guernsey and the associated costs.
      • Assessing the future requirements of key worker housing in Guernsey.
      • Options for analysis for how key worker housing requirements could be met, including associated costs and impacts for each option.
      • Assessing the impact of current provision of key worker housing and the benefits of change.
  • Affordable Housing Development Project

    • The States of Guernsey owns and manages a number of affordable housing units, these include social rental housing, key worker housing and specialised housing for people with specific care and support needs.
    • The Affordable Housing Development Definitions diagram in the Downloads area on this page shows the full definition of affordable housing and how it fits with other types of housing.
    • This project will assess all States-owned affordable housing units to check that they are being used to the best of their potential or whether they are not fit for their current purpose. This will then feed into informing which of these properties either remain as they are, have a change of use, get redeveloped or get sold.
    • Any States-owned properties that need redevelopment, or new developments that need to be created, that are identified as part of this project will form part of the Affordable Housing Development Plan for the next 5 - 10 years.
    • The project is ongoing and its objectives have been agreed as:
      • To collate data and write a consolidated report on all affordable housing stock owned by the States of Guernsey, broken down by ownership, location, size, tenure and specific use.
      •  Undertake a full options analysis and needs analysis of all States of Guernsey affordable housing stock to ascertain whether it is suitable for its current tenure (in terms of type, quality and location), if it could be better utilised for a different tenure within affordable housing, or if it is incompatible for use as any tenure of affordable housing.
      •  In conjunction with the States Strategic Housing Indicator Project, the Key Worker Housing Strategy Project, the Elderly Tenure Project and the Emergency Housing Provision Project set out the redevelopment and development plan for the next 10 years.
      •  Develop a policy, with appropriate governance structures, and create an accountable procedure to enable tenures within affordable housing to be 'switched'.
      • Release any incompatible affordable housing stock and transfer to Property Services for disposal or repurposing.
      • Establish appropriate reporting and governance structures for the affordable housing plan going forward.
      • Investigate and pursue funding and delivery options for the future affordable housing plan including assessing and accounting for the value of the released properties.
  • Emergency Housing Provision Project

    • The purpose of this project is to fully review Guernsey's current provision of emergency accommodation and make recommendations on what provisions and structures could be implemented to improve the current position.
    • This project is in the initial planning stages, with the final project objectives yet to be agreed.
  • Elderly Tenures Project

    • The Elderly Tenures Project will look at what types of accommodation are currently available for elderly people in Guernsey, how this is provided and funded, and to see if there are gaps in this housing area.
    • If gaps are identified, the project will look to make recommendations on how things could be improved.
    • This project has not yet started.
  • Market Intervention Project

    • The Market Intervention Project will look at how the States of Guernsey currently intervenes in the local housing market, how much this costs and whether each intervention is necessary and still fit for purpose.
    • The project will also consider whether there are any new ways the government could help assist the housing market.
    • This project has not yet started.
  • Review of Partial Ownership Scheme Project

    • The Guernsey Housing Association operates a partial ownership scheme to help first time buyers. Information on the current scheme can be found here
    • It is now time to fully review this scheme to make sure it is still fit for purpose and performing as it should. This project will undertake this review and make recommendations on any changes needed.
    • This project has not yet started.
  • Private Rental Sector Review Project

    • This project will look at how the private rental market operates in Guernsey and look to see if there are any ways government could help improve it to help both landlords and tenants. 
    • This project has not yet started.

 

Downloads

Housing Strategy Project Structure Affordable Housing Development Definitions Affordable Housing Highlight Report 1 Key Worker Housing Strategy Project - Highlight Report 2 SSHI Highlight Report 1

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