Housing and Homelessness Strategy
Local Housing Strategy 2015-20
This strategy sets out our vision for addressing the housing needs of citizens:
"Housing in Neath Port Talbot will be appropriate, affordable, of good quality, in sustainable communities, offering people choice and support if they need it".
The strategy highlights the need for more affordable Housing and seeks to increase supply and accessibility in the right places. The strategy also aims to improve the quality of housing stock (both social and private housing) and ensure that support is available to those who need it.
Homelessness Review 2018
The Council commissioned an independent review of how it responds to people facing homelessness, in order for us to see how we could build on our current practice and develop new ways of working. This review involved extensive engagement with a variety of stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for change. It not only focused on its housing services, but also explored the policy context in which they exist and whether the response to homelessness is complimentary to the wider strategic direction within the area.
Homelessness Strategy 2018-22
This document sets out how we intend to act on the findings of the above review, so that we are best placed to meet the needs of those threatened with or experiencing homelessness, over the next four years and beyond. The overall aim is to implement an approach that will prevent homelessness wherever possible and effectively support the household when it occurs. To this end, we propose to shift the focus from emergency responses and fulfilling our homelessness duties to households in crisis, by exploring:
- More focussed community based support to prevent homelessness, before it becomes a crisis;
- evidence based support and accommodation options for people with complex needs, who have experienced repeat episodes of homelessness, and require a range of services; and
- helping people to secure permanent housing and so reduce demand for temporary accommodation.
Regional Housing Market Assessment 2020
The following Local Authorities and National Park Authorities of Mid and South West Wales, collaborated to update their housing market assessments. They commissioned Opinion Research Services to produce this document, presenting robustly modelled data and a consistent evidence base on the housing market across the Mid and South West Wales Region. This document, supplemented by appropriate assessments undertaken at the individual authority level, serves as a Local Housing Market Assessment (LHMA):
- Brecon Beacons National Park Authority;
- Carmarthenshire County Council ;
- Ceredigion County Council ;
- Neath Port Talbot Council ;
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority;
- Pembrokeshire County Council Powys County Council; and
- The City and County of Swansea.
Summary of Local Housing Market for Neath Port Talbot 2020
Opinion Research Services were commissioned by the local authorities of Mid & South West Wales to undertake a cross-border assessment of housing needs in accordance with best practice. This document is a sub-area analysis for Neath Port Talbot and should be read in parallel with the accompanying wider regional report.
Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment
The Council received written confirmation on 28th November 2016 from the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children that the Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) 2016 study had been approved.
This 2016 Study replaced the previous study that was undertaken in 2012.
In accordance with Part 3 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 the Council has to undertake a new Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) to assess the future accommodation needs of the Gypsy and Traveller Community every 5 years. The GTAA 2022 will determine whether there is a requirement for additional site provision within Neath Port Talbot for permanent residential pitches and / or transit pitches in the short term and up to 2036.
The Council had been required to carry out a survey in 2020 but was unable to do so due to Covid 19 restrictions. The next GTAA is due to be finalised and published by 24th February 2022. The survey itself will be taking place over the summer months from the 13th July until the 16th September 2021.
This 2022 Study will replace the previous study that was undertaken in 2016 once it is approved by Welsh Government.
If you believe that you fall within the definition of Gypsy and Traveller (as per s108 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014) and are concerned that your current and future accommodation needs will not be recorded in the survey, then please follow the link to the Planning Policy webpage where you will find the contacts for the survey team. You can then arrange an interview about your circumstances. The link is www.npt.gov.uk/ldplatestnews and look at the article on the 2022 GTAA and get the contact details there.
The 2022 GTAA will be available to download here and on the Planning Policy webpage once it is approved.
The above mentioned documents are available to download below.
For further information regarding any of the documents please contact:
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Housing & Homelessness Strategy
Tel: (01639) 685207