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How is the provision of affordable housing monitored?

Introduction

Having established why we monitor and what the targets are, this section considers how affordable housing is monitored and considers the guidance available.

Monitoring at a local level?

Affordable housing is monitored at a local level, by the local planning authority, and at a regional level by the regional office, Local Government Yorkshire and Humber.

Local planning authorities are responsible for measuring total housing supply, and the number of these homes that are affordable.

Local authorities are required to report on affordable housing delivery through a number of mechanisms for different agencies:

Monitoring Who for?

Annual Monitoring Report

Local Government Yorkshire and Humber
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA)

Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG).

Individual Local Strategic Partnership requirements

Local Area Agreement. Only where this includes the delivery of affordable housing
Housing Association scheme completions Homes and Communities Agency

Providing this information usually requires housing and planning officers working together, frequently with Registered Social Landlords, to share information and progress updates on affordable housing developments. It is not uncommon for developments to be reviewed on a scheme by scheme basis in order to secure accurate and up to date information for completion of monitoring returns.  

Each is considered below:

Annual Monitoring Report (AMR)

Yorkshire and Humber Region, the Annual Monitoring Report requirements

The number of new homes delivered using HCA grant No of new build
No that received grant subsidy
The number of new homes delivered without grant Of which how many were planning obligations

The number of conversions.

The number of new pitches for Gypsies and Travellers.

In addition, local authoritiy's are also required to report 'housing starts' and completions on a quarterly basis. More information about these monitoring requirements is available from the Government Office.

An Annual Monitoring Report should:

  • Report progress on the policies and related targets in local development documents including progress against any relevant national and regional targets
  • Highlight any unintended significant effects of the implementation of the policies on social, environmental and economic objectives.
  • Where policies and targets are not being met or on track or are having unintended effects reasons should be provided along with any appropriate actions to redress the matter. Policies may also need to change to reflect changes in national or regional policy.
  • Include progress against the core output indicators including information on net additional dwellings (required under Regulation 48(7)7)
  • Provide an update of the housing trajectory to demonstrate how policies will deliver housing provision in their area.

HSSA

Information about, and guidance on, completing the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix is available from the CLG: Web link >>

Local Area Agreements

Each local authority now has a Local Strategic Partnership (LSP).  The LSP bring together at a local level the different parts of the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, allowing different services and initiatives to support one another so that they can work together more effectively.

The LSP is responsible for developing and driving the implementation of Community Strategies and Local Area Agreements (LAAs). The LAA set out the priorities for a local area agreed between central government and a local area (the local authority and Local Strategic Partnership) and other key partners at the local level. Each LAA has 35 negotiated targets (designated) alongside 18 statutory education and early years targets. There are a number of targets to choose from and there are two relating to affordable housing delivery these are:

  • NI 154: Number of affordable homes delivered (gross)

This indicator measures the net increase in dwelling stock over one year. This indicator is designed to encourage a greater supply of new homes in England to address the long term housing affordability issue. This indicator measures the net increase in dwelling stock over one year. For details of the National Indicators see Web Link >>

  • NI 155: Net additional homes provided

This indicator is designed to promote an increase in the supply of affordable housing. It measures total supply of social rent housing and intermediate housing.

In this region the following authorities have chosen these indicators as targets within their LAAs and will monitor them accordingly as part of affordable housing delivery:

NI 154 NI 155
Barnsley Calderdale
Bradford East Riding and Yorkshire
Doncaster Kirklees
Leeds Leeds
Rotherham North Lincolnshire
Sheffield
Wakefield
York

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

Local authorities must report on affordable housing completions to the HCA where grant has been used to assist delivery. More information about HCA monitoring requirements is available from the HCA. Web link >>

Further guidance is available as follows:

Approach to developing monitoring frameworks and producing annual monitoring reports Local Development Framework Monitoring: A Good Practice Guide (ODPM 2005):

Web link >>

 

 

Core output indicators

Regional Spatial Strategy and Local Development Framework Core Output Indicators - Update 02/08:

Web link >>

 

National indicators The New Performance Framework for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships: Single Set of National Indicators:

Web link >> 


  1. Why is affordable housing monitored?
  2. What are the affordable housing targets in the Yorkshire and Humber Region?
  3. How is the provision of affordable housing monitored?
  4. How is monitoring information collected?
  5. What progress has been made to date Regionally?