The Housing Strategy sets out our housing plans and ambitions for the period 2012-2017 within the council's overall vision and objective for Thurrock. It responds to the growth agenda, as well as the need to deliver fundamental change in the way social housing is let, managed and delivered.
The Housing Strategy assesses the current and future housing market across tenures, seeking to balance the housing market and setting out the council's approach to meeting need. It sets out the wider links with planning and the economy particularly the Local Development Framework (LDF), and responds to national, sub-regional and local priorities. It also links and integrates with other Council and partnership strategies. These include the delivery of affordable housing, preventing and tackling homelessness, meeting the needs of vulnerable and older people and improving the quality of our housing stock and the lives of our residents.
The strategy sets out the council's response to the government's wide ranging reforms including planning, housing and welfare, as well as seeking to influence local housing markets to meet local demands.
Download the full strategy below (see how to access PDFs):
The Housing Vision statement for 2010-2015 is also provided below:
The Thames Gateway South Essex (TGSE) sub-region is one of a number that make up the Eastern Region. The sub-region comprises the five authorities of Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, and Thurrock. It forms the largest urban area in the East of England, and its mix of urban and natural environments represent a unique challenge for urban regeneration. With a population of over 635,000 in 2001 it represented 12% of the regional total.
TGSE is part of the Thames Gateway area, which extends into London and the South East regions and which has been designated a growth area under the Sustainable Communities Plan.
The sub-regional strategy draws together the strategies of the five local authorities to inform the sub-regional priorities and actions in the regional housing strategy. The sub-regional strategy has sought to identify the principal issues that face the local authorities and their partners. Whilst common themes have been identified, their impact on local councils will vary. The strategy is available below:
Thames Gateway South Essex Housing Group, comprising housing officers from the five local authorities of Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, has commissioned GVA Grimley to prepare a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for the Thames Gateway South Essex (TGSE) sub-region (please see how to access PDFs).
Thurrock Borough Council formally commissioned a Borough-wide Housing Needs Survey, as a joint commission with the Borough Councils of Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, and Southend-on-Sea. The full report and summary report are available for download below (please see how to access PDFs):
This is a dwelling balance model produced using the data collected from the Housing Needs Survey 2004 and provides a reference document for housing and planning officers. It should be used to deal with new delivery planning for both market and social housing in planning and housing functions. A core aspect of the model is that it is location based and no attempt should be made to draw Borough-wide conclusions from it (please see how to access PDFs).