Westminster City Council launches housing strategy public consultation - consultation to run until Friday 31 July 2015.
Before finalising our policies, we want you to tell us what you think of our proposals. We will take these views and use them to help shape our new strategy, which will be published towards the end of this year.
The consultation document looks at our plans to address housing related issues over the next five to ten years and focuses on new directions and proposals.
It shows how housing plays a vital part in delivering the “City for All” objectives of ensuring Westminster is a city of aspiration, choice and heritage. Our strategy aims to create great places to live, work and enjoy in Westminster. We view housing as not just bricks and mortar, but a catalyst for personal development and positive change. Having a good home gives people stability. By securing more affordable homes we will be able to support those who need help to get on the housing ladder, while not diminishing our ability to help those most in need.
In particular, it explains that we want to promote opportunity, especially for people on comparatively lower incomes who work in crucial jobs contributing to Westminster’s economic success and sets out a number of proposals to deliver this. It also highlights some areas where a London-wide approach might be effective.
Please respond by filling in the feedback form and provide us with any additional comments you may have on the proposals, or if you think something has been overlooked, by Friday 31 July 2015.
The City Council’s Tenancy Policy sets out its approach to flexible tenancies (brought in by the Localism Act 2011) in its own housing stock. The policy follows the principles of the Tenancy Strategy (which is a guide to all social housing with stock in Westminster in their approach to fixed term tenure). The Tenancy Policy also sets out the City Council’s general approach to tenancy management and housing fraud.
For any further information about the Tenancy Policy contact Cecily Herdman:
Post: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
Telephone: 020 7641 2789.
The City Council’s Policy for Leaseholders in Housing Renewal Areas sets out the financial compensation and rehousing options for leaseholders where their properties are identified for demolition as part of the housing renewal programme.
For any further information about the policy contact; Cecily Herdman:
Post: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP
Telephone: 020 7641 2789
The council has published a Tenancy Strategy setting out its approach to fixed term tenure and rent increases for higher earning social housing tenants. In line with the Localism Act 2011, all social landlords in Westminster are expected to have regard to the strategy when developing or updating policies for their own housing stock.
For any further information about the strategy contact Cecily Herdman:
Post: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.
Telephone: 020 7641 2789
In September 2011, the council developed an interim Affordable Rent Statement setting out the rent levels it supports. The statement is expected to guide Private Registered Providers (Housing Associations) when they are setting their rent levels. The statement will be regularly reviewed and will be incorporated into the City Council’s Tenancy Strategy in 2012.
For more information about the Affordable Rent Statement contact Fergus Coleman, Housing Association Supply Manager:
Telephone: 020 7641 2129.
If you would like to speak to an officer about the Renewal Strategy, please telephone 020 7641 7349.
Westminster first published a Homelessness Strategy in 2003. This was updated in 2004 and 2008. The strategy sets out how the council manages and responds to homelessness within the city. Click on the links below to view the main document and the two updates.