Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a report setting out changes in housing need since Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP) was first implemented and the rationale for reviewing and revising the tenure split of the properties to be delivered for the remainder of the programme when it meets on 25 September.
The report will also update Cabinet on the number of both social and affordable rent properties completed and proposed schemes.
Flintshire’s SHARP was approved by Cabinet in September 2014 to deliver a projected 500 new Council social rented and affordable rented properties over a five year period, plus 112 private properties for market sales at Maes Gwern, Mold.
Phases 1 and 2 of the SHARP have all been completed with construction work on the former Melrose Centre, Shotton, scheduled for completion in November 2018.
Construction work on Phase 3 sites is starting this month (September) at Maes Gwern, Mold, Llys Dewi, Penyffordd, Holywell and the former Council Depot at Dobshill.
The Council must make sure that SHARP is delivering the correct type of housing needed and take into account the pressures in relation to the increased demand for social housing, homelessness and a lack of suitable mix of housing to meet the increased demand.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said:
“In addition to changes to Welfare Reform seen since SHARP started, there is a shift in the size of properties needed compared to what has been provided previously through social housing, resulting in an increased demand for properties that are not readily available in the social housing stock or the private rented sector. This increases waiting times and numbers on the housing register, as well as having an impact on the number of people presenting as homeless to the Council, where we have statutory duty to find accommodation.
“Therefore, we are currently developing plans to include schemes in the next phase of the programme to address this.”