This priority focuses on improving affordable housing options to ensure appropriate availability, quality and affordability.
This relates to both States' housing and the housing being provided by the housing associations with which the States has a close relationship. This priority also focuses on the supply of an appropriate amount of housing of the required mix to meet the Island's housing needs in an affordable and sustainable way.
Policy objectives include timely access to homes of a good standard and an appropriate size, and a significant reduction in waiting lists for social housing. They also include investigation of measures which may contribute to the affordability and availability of housing. The intention is for the States to strengthen its partnership with the Guernsey Housing Association, and to review the provision of housing for key workers in the public sector. In addition, steps will be taken to reduce the misallocation of housing units.
Housing Market Review
- Having received and published the Housing Market Review (the KPMG Report) the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure published a Policy Letter that was approved by the States' Assembly in July 2018. Included in this Policy Letter were the key indicators which will measure progress over the coming years:
- States Strategic Housing Indicator: To create 635 new units of accommodation between 2017 and 2021, with a plus or minus variance of 149 new units;
- Affordable Housing Indicator: To create 178 units of Affordable Housing over the next 5 years with a plus or minus variance of 32 new units.
- In addition, the Policy Letter set out a programme of work for the two years following the provision of adequate resources. The Resolutions of the States' Assembly on the Local Market Housing Review and Development of Future Housing Strategy can be found here.
General Housing Law
- The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure is developing proposals for housing legislation that will provide a singular legislative framework to strengthen existing legal powers by providing proportionate provisions to regulate conditions across all housing on-Island and provide greater protection to tenants, landlords and property owners,
- A targeted consultation was issued in March 2019 to ascertain views on the existing legislation and an early draft of the Committee's proposals. The consultation was aimed at key stakeholders, such as housing providers, landlords, estate agents, representatives of the construction industry, charities, relevant States Committees, and services that might have new rights, obligations and / or duties under the new general housing law. A total of 37 responses were received.
- A summary of the findings have been published and can be found in the downloads section of this page.