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Coastal Communities Housing Intervention

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Approval status

 

Fully approved

Delivery status

 

Design in progress

Expected completion date

 

Spring 2020

Hastings Borough Council (HBC), Thanet District Council (TDC) and Tendring District Council (TeDC) have taken on a leadership role within the SELEP Coastal Communities Group to pilot new approaches to regeneration and economic development.

This Coastal Communities project has four components, which will be implemented
in each of the three geographies:

A. Strategic Housing Interventions – these being major housing schemes
(rehabilitation or new build) – capable of securing major change over time in
the priority areas
B. Empty Property Loans – designed to bring smaller single empty properties
back into occupation. Both landlords and First Time Buyers are/will be
eligible for loans.
C. Home Improvement Loans – focused on helping low income and elderly
owner occupiers (and possibly First Time Buyers) make essential repairs and
improvement to their homes.
D. Programme Management and Dissemination of Good Practice – resource to
manage the cross-authority programme and support dissemination of good
practice across the SE LEP Coastal Communities.

Changing perceptions of coastal communities

The three authorities are focusing on the strategic role that housing interventions have to play in changing the perceptions of the SELEP Coastal Communities particularly in reversing decades of selective migration that have led to a loss of skilled people and the inward migration of households with fewer skills and much lower prospects of securing well paid, secure employment. As result there has been a loss of competitiveness in these areas as business locations.

Challenging deprivation

The three lead authorities are implementing intervention strategies to address areas of intense deprivation associated with particular neighbourhoods dominated by poor quality private rented housing, high levels of benefit dependency, and social problems.

Improving housing and neighbourhood management

A common theme across all the strategies is a need to improve housing and neighbourhood management, action to improve housing standards, and the need for tenure diversification as a means to reduce the concentration of disadvantaged groups and to encourage new patterns of employment and private sector investment into central locations within coastal town centres.

Each of the authorities has developed project proposals that meet the particular needs of their locality that require capital investment, to turn these neighbourhoods around and to change perceptions so that the normal processes of private sector investment in improvement and new building are re-established.

Priority for investment

The South East LEP has identified the Coastal Communities of the LEP area as the worst performing parts of the SELEP area in economic terms. Poor economic performance is associated with high levels of disadvantage, which in turn makes it harder to attract the business investment that would lead to catch-up economic growth. The SELEP Growth Deal and Strategic Economic Plan identifies the SELEPs Coastal Communities as priority areas for investment.

Each of the three lead authorities has developed and started to implement intervention strategies to address areas of intense deprivation associated with particular neighbourhoods dominated by poor quality private rented housing, high levels of benefit dependency and social problems.

Improving housing

A common theme across all the strategies is a need to improve housing and neighbourhood management, action to improve housing standards, and the need for tenure diversification as a means to reduce the concentration of disadvantaged groups and to encourage new patterns of employment and private sector investment into central locations within coastal town centres.

Acquiring strategically important buildings or sites

The projects being undertaken by the authorities focus on acquisition of strategically important buildings or sites, where refurbishment or new development will provide a spur to private investment by eliminating what are perceived to be ‘problem properties’ (eg Category C and D Houses in Multiple Occupation), and large abandoned properties or sites, particularly those in prominent locations which have a negative impact on perceptions of the locality visually and/or because they attract anti-social behaviour.

Capital Programme delivery update

Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

£570m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought £570m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes across the SELEP area, with the Deal set to attract a further £960m of investment into the South East over the six year period.

Find out more here
Funding value: £2m
Total Project cost: £8.5m
Return to Capital Investment