Facing new challenges
The council faces a new range of challenges as a result of government plans to change the way affordable homes are developed, let and managed. Demand for housing in the Borough is increasing, and there have also been changes to welfare benefits that will affect people who live both in affordable housing (renting from the council or a housing association) and private rented housing. You can read more about the local circumstances in Harrow in our Evidence Base.
In light of these changes, the council carried out extensive consultation on the new strategies and policies to set the future direction for housing Harrow. Thanks to all those tenants, residents, leaseholders, community groups and partner organisations who responded.
Strategies and policies review
The council reviewed its housing strategies and policies in 2013 to take account of changing local circumstances and the increasing demand for affordable housing in Harrow. The new strategies and policies set out our approach to housing and how we plan to take advantage of the freedoms and flexibilities given to local housing authorities under the Localism Act 2011.
Developing these strategies and plans involved extensive consultation with Harrow's residents, tenants, leaseholders, and community groups during 2012 and 2013. We also worked with many partner organisations to make sure that our future plans are the right ones for Harrow.
The decisions were made in inline with guidance of the equalities impact assessments documentation. This ensured equal opportunities were afforded to all residents. You can view the associated documentation in the Further info section.