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Flintshire Housing Need Prospectus

Published: 15/11/2021

Flintshire’s Cabinet will be asked to note the content of the Flintshire Housing Need Prospectus and provide any feedback or comments when they meet on Tuesday 16 November.

Welsh Government (WG) has asked each local authority to develop a Housing Need Prospectus.  The aims of the prospectus are to:

  • inform affordable housing delivery so that housing providers refer to the prospectus and plan to deliver schemes that better meet local authority priorities and housing need for the area;
  • help shape the Social Housing Grant (SHG) programme by setting out what each local authority’s priorities are; and 
  • provide a guide to WG and housing partners about the type of affordable housing that is needed in the county and where.

For 2021/ 22, Flintshire’s allocation of the SHG is £10,236,642 and a similar allocation for is expected for 2022/23. This is a substantial increase on the 2020/ 21 allocation of £5.2m.

Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dave Hughes, said:

“The draft Flintshire Housing Need Prospectus has been written in collaboration with Social Services, the Homelessness team and Planning and reflects the Council’s current demands on services and the ambitions set out in the Flintshire Housing Strategy 2019-24.

“We intend to refresh the prospectus annually and it will be an evolving document that can flex as the Council’s housing priorities and needs change.”

WG required the prospectus to be submitted by 6  August and the draft Flintshire prospectus was provided to meet this deadline subject to approval by Cabinet.