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1 ITEM NO:C3b Appendix 1 SOUTHAMPTON AFFORDABLE HOUSING PARTNERSHIP SPECIFICATION

2 CONTENTS 1.0 Introduction 2.0 General Matters Applying to the Specification 3.0 Housing Need & Sustainable Communities 4.0 Quality & Procurement of New Homes 5.0 New Sites 6.0 Resources 7.0 Links to other Council Objectives 8.0 Links to other Regional Objectives 9.0 Performance 2

3 1.0 INTRODUCTION The Preferred Partner, being a Registered Social Landlord ( RSL ), has been selected as one of a number of RSLs by the Council ( Partner RSLs ) to deliver its social housing development programme from 1 st April 2007 to 31 st March 2012 ( the Partnership ), subject to the conditions, agreements and protocols set out in the Contract Documents. The Partner RSL s forming part of the Partnership will be notified to the Preferred Partner as they are appointed by the Council to the Partnership. 2.0 GENERAL MATTERS APPLYING TO THE SPECIFICATION This Specification sets out the present intentions of the Council, the Partner RSL s and the Preferred Partner in respect of the delivery of affordable housing in Southampton from PARTNERSHIP TEAM The Partnership will be managed through a Partnership team comprising a minimum of one representative from each Partner RSL, the Preferred Partner and the Council. The group may include further members in a non-voting capacity. 2.2 COMMUNICATION Communication is an important part of the Partnership and therefore the Partnership will be managed as follows: Core Meetings The following core Partnership meetings will be held: Annual Performance Review Meeting between the Council and the Preferred Partner (attendee to be the Preferred Partner s Chief Executive unless agreed otherwise with the Council) to review annual performance & set targets for the year ahead (see section 8 for more information on performance) Quarterly Partnership Team Meeting attended by all Partner RSL s and the Preferred Partner (attendee to be the Preferred Partner s Development Director or their equivalent) and chaired and supported by the Council. Quarterly RSL Development Review & Monitoring Meetings between the Council and the Preferred Partner and as required in between quarterly meetings as agreed by the Council and the Preferred Partner 3

4 Quarterly RSL Management Meetings between the Preferred Partner, Partner RSL s and any RSL s with housing stock in Southampton Supplementary Meetings The following supplementary Partnership meetings will be held: Southampton Housing Partnership - Bi-Monthly Meeting where the Preferred Partner and the Partner RSL s are required to play an active role and contribute their advice, skills and resources as appropriate to the development of the local Community Strategy. Liaison with developers - Quarterly Meeting with the Council, Partner RSLs, the Preferred Partner and developers where the Preferred Partner and Partner RSLs are required to make an active contribution. Other Liaison Meetings including planning liaison meetings, neighbourhood management project and liaison meetings or other appropriate meetings as required Information Sharing The Preferred Partner and Partner RSL s will keep the Council informed of major changes to their development schemes and other projects and copy to the Council key correspondence with external funders and project partners Specific information may be required by the Council at various stages through the development process and will be provided by the Preferred Partner. The Preferred Partner shall share best practice for affordable housing between the Partnership and bring to the attention of the Council initiatives which they encounter elsewhere which may have local relevance. Without prejudice to the general requirement to share information at appropriate times under this clause and the Preferred Partner s obligations under the Contract, information sharing shall take place at Core and Supplementary Meetings. 2.3 INCLUSIVITY It is the preference of the Council that the Preferred Partner shall endeavour to ensure that the spirit of the Partnership is communicated to any company within it group or under its parent company, to the extent applicable, and that those companies apply that spirit to the extent they are reasonably able when operating within the city of Southampton. 4

5 2.4 EQUALITY STANDARDS It is one of the Council s principal strategic objectives to provide equality of opportunity in all aspects of its services: The Preferred Partner will; - Ensure that the needs of diverse customers & communities are fully taken into account in the planning and design of housing schemes. Develop partnerships with specialist providers to meet the needs of particular needs groups as identified in the Council s Housing Strategy and Supporting People Strategy (available on request to the address specified for Notices). Ensure that they have approved procedures in place which provide for equality in opportunity for disadvantaged groups in gaining access to affordable housing. Adopt monitoring procedures to ensure that potentially disadvantaged groups are not discriminated against with regard to access to new or existing housing or the provision of housing services. Contribute to the funding of a project worker to develop a black and minority ethnic housing strategy for Southampton for the first 2 years of the Partnership (subject to review after 2 years). 2.5 EXCLUSIONS The Council undertake to support applications for social housing grants to the Housing Corporation and/or the Council by the Preferred Partner where applications are in line with and meet the requirements of the Agreement i.e. meet local housing needs, provide good quality homes at value for money and are deliverable. The Council reserves the right at all times, notwithstanding the existence of the Agreement to allocate social housing grant at its discretion to schemes which meet local and/or regional priorities, including as follows: - a) One-off specialist schemes or major projects, including major residential sites & supported housing delivered by the Preferred Partner, Partner RSLs and RSLs with an appropriate specialism for the type of scheme proposed. b) Development competitions open to the Preferred Partner, Partner RSLs and RSLs. c) Other schemes delivered by the Preferred Partner, Partner RSLs and RSLs and/or developers which offer exceptional value for money or other benefit to the City. 5

6 3.0 HOUSING NEED & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES 3.1 GENERAL ISSUES In order to attain key housing needs & sustainable communities objectives the Preferred Partner will endeavour to: Identify the housing needs of the city and region and secure the necessary resources to meet them. Ensure that homes are made available to those in greatest need, including the needs of diverse customers & communities. Ensure that the social housing stock remains affordable Ensure that affordable housing is managed to a high standard by setting standards for the management and maintenance of the social housing stock including detailed procedures to tackle Anti Social Behaviour. Promote the involvement of customers in the management & development of the social housing stock Contribute to and actively participate in the emerging Neighbourhood agenda. 3.2 HOUSING NEEDS As part of the Partnership the Council will: - Undertake regular housing needs & housing market surveys to reinforce and validate its existing data on housing need and affordability of housing in the City (currently contained in the Housing Needs & Housing Market Survey 2006 (available on request to the address specified for Notices). Develop medium & long term strategies in consultation with the Preferred Partner and the Partner RSLs which include appropriate targets to meet housing needs (including general needs & supported housing, accessible homes and the needs of the black and minority ethnic community) Provide information to the Partner RSLs and Preferred Partner on the type of new housing which is required including targets for size, type, tenure and location for new homes (see section 6.3 for further details). Keep under review in consultation with the Council s Supporting People team (and their successors) the need for housing with care and support and keep an up to date strategy for the provision and future management of such housing. As part of the Partnership the Preferred Partners will: - Seek approval from the Council of all new development schemes to ensure local housing needs are met including size, type, tenure & location of new homes. 6

7 Collaborate in the collection, analysis and dissemination of information to improve the Partnership s overall understanding of housing needs & housing markets in Southampton. Use their skills, experience, resources and contacts to identify innovative solutions to meet local needs in both new and refurbished homes, including the consideration of designing out crime techniques. Comply with the requirements of the nominations agreement contained in Section 3.4 & detailed procedures developed by the Council for day to day allocations of new & existing stock including timescales for nominations, acceptable reasons for refusal of nominations, the procedure for making sensitive lettings, & monitoring of nominations. Agree with (where applicable) the Council s Housing Solutions & Supporting People teams and their successors proposals for the refurbishment of existing schemes to make best use of stock (including general needs & supported housing schemes) and new supported housing schemes to ensure the proposals meet local housing needs & housing strategy priorities. For all schemes where existing residents will need to move as a part of refurbishment plans develop a Decant Plan for the scheme which must be approved by the Council prior to decants taking place. Ensure the Head of Housing Solutions (or where applicable her successor) is kept informed of and approves any initiatives that the Preferred Partner may pursue with other Council departments/sections, health, statutory or voluntary sector agencies to ensure there is no duplicity of effort or resources. Undertake in collaboration with the Council regular resident satisfaction surveys for new & existing stock 3.3 AFFORDABILITY Social housing must remain affordable to those on low incomes. The Council will: Give guidance to the Preferred Partner on affordability levels in the city of Southampton based on up to date housing needs & housing market research for all affordable tenures in Southampton. Support funding applications which assist in driving down housing costs to residents and expand the provision of high quality affordable housing. The Preferred Partner will: Seek approval from the Council for the overall costs of affordable housing including rent levels, mortgage costs & services charges to ensure all new affordable homes are affordable to local residents. Without compromising design standards, produce efficient, cost effective housing solutions which minimise rent / lease payments, fuel costs and service charge contributions for all affordable tenures. 7

8 Adopt policies which are aimed at maintaining affordable tenures in the city of Southampton. 3.4 NOMINATIONS TO AFFORDABLE HOMES The Council will: Develop & monitor a nominations agreement for new & existing homes to meet local housing needs which will require 100% nominations to all Preferred Partner s and Partner RSL s new stock & 75% nominations to Preferred Partner s and Partner RSL s existing stock. Continue to develop Homebid the Council s choice based lettings system. Seek to maximise the effectiveness of its allocations by, for example targeting under-occupation in the stock and constructing chains of moves. Develop a protocol for special lettings plans to ensure sustainability of affordable homes in the city. Develop a protocol of sensitive lettings to ensure sustainability of affordable homes in the city. Provide detailed information about nominations (unless legally prevented from doing so). Set out procedures regarding the refusal of nominations. Contribute towards the development of the Zone Agent role for the marketing of low cost homeownership properties and set out local eligibility requirements. The Preferred Partners will: - Ensure that the Council receives its entitlement to nominations to both new and existing properties in accordance with the nominations agreement. Request nominations in line with the nomination agreement and keep their allocation policies under review to ensure that they are designed to help those in the greatest housing need and which also recognise the need for balanced communities. Work in partnership with the Council to agree management transfers where required, having demonstrated they are unable to assist in their own stock. Supply to the Council details of their stock holdings in the city of Southampton, as requested, by property address. Provide monitoring information to the Council on nominations, as may be required from time to time. Discuss any concerns regarding nominations with the Council prior to rejecting nominations to comply with refusal of nominations protocol. Market all new low cost homeownership properties through the Zone Agent (or its replacement as appointed by the Department for Communities and Local Government) and comply with guidance from the Council & the Housing Corporation setting out eligibility for low cost home ownership. 8

9 3.5 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AND TACKLING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR It is essential that all affordable homes are managed to the highest standards and in a way which is responsive to the needs of customers. It is also important that customers have the opportunity to be fully involved in the decision making processes which affect their lives. The Council and the Preferred Partner will: - Provide housing management and maintenance services (including the immediate surroundings such as open spaces and the removal of graffiti) which are locally accessible, responsive, inclusive and locally accountable. (Local is defined as having management activity in the Partnership for South Hampshire ( PUSH ) area and management arrangements which ensure the high quality services are provided to residents. Encourage and promote the formation of residents associations. Empower residents to take part in the design of new housing and the management of their estates. Encourage and nurture residents into becoming responsible citizens In liaison with the Council and other partner agencies help support and facilitate residents to sustain their tenancies Constantly review the service to residents to ensure it is fair, sensitive and responsive to their needs. Engage with the black and minority ethnic community to ensure housing management & maintenance meets the specific needs of this diverse group. Publish information on landlord s performance in accordance with both national and locally developed requirements. Contribute to the Council s strategic housing objectives to ensure all Partner RSL s (including the Preferred Partner) stock in the city is effectively managed. The Preferred Partner will:- Demonstrate that residents are represented on their Boards and are otherwise able to contribute to decision making of the Preferred Partner. Ensure effective and responsive local housing management in the city to maximise the quality of life for residents, to minimise neighbourhood nuisance and encourage responsible citizenship. In liaison with the Council and other partner agencies help support and facilitate residents to sustain their tenancies, access employment (where relevant) and contribute to community events e.g. scheme welcome & opening events. Liaise with the Council s City Safety Team on Anti Social Behaviour ( ASB ) and harassment issues and take responsibility for managing their cases in consultation with the Council e.g. by employing a dedicated ASB Officer or 9

10 implementing detailed internal procedures to tackle ASB/harassment cases e.g. including method statements and timescales for dealing with ASB (including the prompt removal of offensive graffiti). The Preferred Partner will also be expected to commit to working toward common working and reporting practices (with RSLs and Partner RSLs) for crime & disorder issues. Liaise with the Council s Housing Teams & the Inclusion Team on domestic violence cases & contribute to the development of the Southampton Strategy against Domestic Violence objectives (including the security measures scheme to enable victims of domestic violence to remain in their homes). Contribute to city wide work to develop safety measures for those affected by domestic violence. Ensure the services they offer their customers are inclusive at the point of delivery (e.g. appropriate provisions for people with disabilities or those whose first language is not English). Keep under review the use of existing housing within the social stock to ensure that it is used in the most appropriate way. Provide monitoring reports as may be required by the Council annually or from time to time. 4. QUALITY AND PROCUREMENT OF NEW HOMES 4.1 QUALITY OF NEW HOMES The Quality of New Homes developed by the Preferred Partner and through the Partnership will be as follows: As a minimum all schemes to be designed to Housing Corporation recommended quality levels i.e. minimum scheme development standards. All schemes to be designed to meet at least the minimum Housing Corporation sustainability requirements i.e. Eco-homes or its replacement Exemplar schemes will be developed which exceed the minimum Housing Corporation sustainability requirements and contribute to local sustainability targets & innovative design with targets agreed at Annual Performance Review Meetings Compliance with relevant design guidance, such as the Residential Design Guide Contribution to the development of high density, high quality designed homes, using design out crime techniques and creating high quality attractive environments where people want to live. Resident satisfaction surveys to be carried out on all new homes & a summary of each new scheme to be sent to the Council within one (1) year of completion The design of all new affordable housing schemes to be approved by the Council s Housing Development Team. 10

11 The design of new RSL led schemes of more than 50 units to subject to a design competition with architects (unless otherwise agreed by the Council). 4.2 PROCUREMENT OF NEW HOMES All new schemes to be procured: In accordance with Housing Corporation requirements unless otherwise agreed by the Council The Preferred Partner to select their project teams to ensure the team is experienced and has the skills to develop high quality designed homes and attractive environments e.g. architects, builders, consultants, landscape architects & urban designers (where appropriate on larger and/or complex development sites). The Preferred Partner to develop partnering arrangements which promote cost, quality and performance improvements in the delivery of new housing. Subject to compliance with all provisions of applicable law and compliance with the provisions of the Agreement, the Council and the Preferred Partner shall ensure that small and medium sized businesses based in the city, including but not limited to building contractors, consultants, material suppliers and suppliers of other goods and services, are given appropriate opportunity to enter all competitive tendering procedures initiated as a result of the work of the Partnership in providing affordable housing in the city of Southampton and to otherwise be considered for contracts of any description let as a result of the work of the Partnership in providing affordable housing in the city of Southampton. 5.0 NEW SITES 5.1 SITE REGISTRATION Site registration is an important process to manage the development of all new sites in the early development stages including sites owned by the Council, Preferred Partner, developer led sites and sites secured through the planning process. The Council will: Keep a register of potential social housing development sites including planning gain sites to ensure an equitable allocation of sites/development opportunities. Develop a protocol for the day-to-day management of the site registrations. Agree in consultation with the Preferred Partner and Partnership the distribution of such sites in furtherance of the principles of the Agreement and to ensure the maintenance of a viable development programme. 11

12 Encourage co-operation between the Preferred Partner and Partner RSLs on joint developments where appropriate. The Preferred Partner and Partner RSLs will: Register with the Council sites which they have (or wish to have) an interest in to avoid duplication of effort. Identify and acquire suitable sites and rehabilitation opportunities (agreed with the Council) which meet priorities in advance of the approval of development funding. Work together to assemble development sites where appropriate to ensure more effective development schemes. Undertake appropriate feasibility studies and obtain planning permission on such sites in advance of approval to facilitate the development process. Diligently pursue each development opportunity (including opportunities arising from local plan affordable housing policy), consulting as appropriate with relevant agencies and the Council. Avoid inappropriate competition for sites or other opportunities. Collaborate with the Council and each other to identify, research, assemble and develop sites which contribute to meeting the objectives of the Partnership including consideration of techniques to design out crime and reduce anti-social behavior. 5.2 CONSULTATION Consultation is an essential part of the affordable housing development process i.e. for general needs and supported housing schemes (both new and refurbishment schemes). The Preferred Partner and the Partner RSLs will be expected to agree that consultation will be carried out on all new developments to comply with the Council s published consultation guidelines, including any amendments or additions to or replacement of such published consultation guidelines, and as follows: Small schemes (1-10 units) consultation required by Preferred Partner with immediate neighbours and residents affected by scheme e.g. by letter or leaflet drop & follow up meetings/contact if required with feedback to residents on action taken. Large schemes (11 units & above) consultation required by Preferred Partner with support from the Council s Housing Development Team e.g. letter/leaflet drop and drop in event exhibition to display plans and feedback to residents on action taken. The Council will: Support the Preferred Partner (and where applicable Partnership) consultation events, including through its attendance at events 12

13 Liaise with local Ward Members & other Councillors as required Confirm a list of Council representatives to be invited to events The Preferred Partner will: Lead consultation exercises in accordance with the published RSL Development Consultation Protocol (available of request from the address specified for Notices) providing clear information about what is proposed including how schemes will be managed. Endeavour to assess and where appropriate accommodate valid objections/comments in the preparation /amendment of the plans 5.3 PUBLICITY An annual Public Relations ( PR ) plan will be agreed for new development sites and Preferred Partner/ Partner RSLs/Council initiatives to promote the work of the Partnership to meet local housing needs. The Council will; Develop a PR plan for each year including a minimum of 1 scheme welcome event or opening per Preferred Partner. Review the PR plan on an annual basis. Provide guidance on Council representatives to be invited to scheme welcome & opening events. Regularly update the Housing Corporation of the PR plan. The Preferred Partner will: Agree to the Partnership PR plan and organise a minimum of 1 scheme welcome event or opening per year plus other PR events e.g. press releases etc. Commit staff resources to organising the events Ensure residents of new schemes are included within the planning and attendance of the event. Maximise all PR opportunities within the City of Southampton for the work of the Partnership. 5.4 SITE SIGNAGE Site signage will be required on all affordable housing development sites to promote the work of the Partnership to meet housing need in the city and ensure recognition by local residents of the Council s investment in affordable housing for local people with its Housing partners. 13

14 The Council will: Develop a template and guidance on signage required on new development sites. Unless otherwise agreed with the Council signage will be required for all new sites. The signs will be in a corporate style and consistent with a template signage to be circulated to partners. Review signage template on an annual basis to ensure compliance with the Council s corporate standards. The Preferred Partner will: Use signboards on all development sites unless agreed with the Council. Council signs should appear above other signboards Signs should be erected before start on site Ensure signs are funded from scheme project costs 6.0 RESOURCES 6.1 GENERAL ISSUES The Preferred Partner, Partner RSLs and the Council undertake to work together to ensure that all resources are maximized for the development of new affordable housing and management of existing homes in the City of Southampton by: Developing new homes that represent value for money, including the use of cross-subsidy where possible. Committing appropriate staff resources to ensure targets are met Ensuring staff have the appropriate skills e.g. commercial awareness, negotiation skills, housing management and the ability to innovate to meet targets Ensuring they have strong risk management strategies to enable targets to be met and exit strategies to be put in place To contribute funds to PR, black and minority ethnic housing strategy development & meetings to enable targets to be met. 6.2 FUNDING The Council agrees to: Provide grant funding from its Housing Capital Programme to the Partnership subject to the Council s formal approval of pipeline schemes, bid conditions, compliance with its Grant Funding Conditions policy and subject to contract. Prioritise, in conjunction with the Housing Corporation, bids for funding in an open and transparent manner ensuring an equal distribution of resources between the Preferred Partner and Partner RSLs (subject to agreement of 14

15 grant funding terms) within the normal constraints of a development programme. Liaise between Council divisions to minimise where possible the delay experienced by the Preferred Partner in the affordable housing development process. The Preferred Partner agree to: Bid to the Council for funding for new affordable housing schemes to meet local housing needs and comply when it is accepted with its grant funding conditions policy and applicable grant agreement. Seek Housing Corporation funding for new affordable housing provision from it grant funding rounds e.g. National Affordable Housing Programme (or its successor). Ensure their Housing Corporation status enables them to be eligible for a grant. Commit to land-banking and forward funding priority scheme (without letters of comfort). Use internal subsidy and cross-subsidy for schemes to achieve value for money where feasible. Consult with the Council regarding the use of sales/disposals receipts from Southampton stock to achieve new affordable housing in Southampton as a result of property sales/disposals. Work positively with the Housing Corporation, Government Office of the South East, South East Economic Development Agency and other agencies to maximise investment in new social housing in the city. Co-operate to assist each other to meet contractual and procedural deadlines to maximise take-up of resources (including switching of schemes or grant between the preferred Partner and Partner RSLs if appropriate). Explore new funding or other initiatives which provide scope for new housing. 6.3 PROVIDING NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING New Homes Targets The Partner RSLs and Preferred Partner commit to the delivery of a minimum of 2,000 new affordable homes to meet housing needs between The Council will agree annual targets with the Preferred Partner at Annual Performance Review meetings. Detailed targets are set out below and will be subject to annual review: 15

16 Tenure of New Home Target % of total units Affordable Rent 66% Intermediate Affordable Housing 33% i.e. Shared Ownership. Shared Equity, Intermediate Rent Type of New Home Family Houses (3bed +) 25% (min) Small Flats (1 & 2bed) 25% (min) Wheelchair Accessible Homes 5% (min) Supported Housing (subject to 10% (min) paragraph 3.2 meeting Supported Housing Needs. Delivery of New Homes New Homes will be delivered in the following ways: Southampton City Council land - will be identified through its Asset Management Plan which is part of the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan providing land at nil, reduced or full value subject to scheme costs & additionallity and will be subject to formal scheme approval of each scheme proposed on the Council s Land Planning Policy sites - will be provided via S106 (of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) agreements to comply with affordable housing policies contained within the local plan & emerging local development framework. o The Council will use its planning powers to the full to ensure the opportunities for affordable housing are maximised and that housing policies are implemented. o Encourage developers to work with the Preferred Partners for the development of affordable housing arising from local plan policies. o All Partnership members will work together to ensure the delivery of local plan policies for affordable housing. Preferred Partner led sites - will be developed by each Preferred Partner through its own site finding policies. Developer led the Preferred Partner will ensure they build strong relationships with housing developers at local, regional & national level to maximise affordable housing development in the city. Preferred Partner leading developers sites the Preferred Partner will act as a developer and purchase a site outright target of 1 per year 16

17 PUSH sites the Preferred Partner will contribute to the Council s common affordable housing policy (emerging) link to other regional objectives. The Preferred Partner will contribute to the development of mixed use sites in regeneration areas where applicable The Preferred Partner will contribute to estate regeneration initiatives including tenure diversification where applicable and led by the Council. Any proposals to develop RSL estates must be discussed and agreed with the Council. 7.0 LINKS TO OTHER COUNCIL OBJECTIVES The Preferred Partner will contribute where relevant to the following Partnership and Council objectives: Community strategy the Preferred Partner agrees to contribute to the objectives and development of the Southampton Community Strategy which is a multi-sector/multi-organisation partnership established as the Local Strategic Partnership for the City of Southampton. Consisting of 31 members, its broad role is to implement Southampton's Community Strategy. The Strategy sets out a shared vision for the future of the city, by promoting or improving economic, social and environmental wellbeing. It is also responsible for co-ordinating action within deprived communities and neighbourhoods. Supporting People strategy objectives for the development & management of new and existing supported housing schemes in the city. Homelessness strategy objectives for the prevention of homelessness in the city. Private sector housing strategy objectives including: o Potential RSL management of houses in multiple occupation or empty properties o Contribute to option appraisal protocol for improving the condition of private sector homes with a target of 1 scheme per year (as agreed with the Council) o Apply to use private sector housing innovation funding to contribute to PUSH objectives o Ensure RSL homes in Southampton are maintained to minimum Decent Homes and housing heath and safety rating system standards and take immediate action where homes fail to meet these 2 standards. 17

18 o Fund adaptations to RSL stock required by tenants in consultation with the Council to maximise all resources available to adapt existing properties. Neighborhood management & regeneration objectives the Preferred Partner agrees to contribute to the emerging neighbourhood management and regeneration objectives for new and existing stock in Southampton including the development of Housing Plus as required by the Council. Southampton s Community Safety Strategy - the Preferred Partner will commit to working toward the objectives of the Community Safety strategy working towards common working and reporting practices (with all RSL s and Partner RSLs) to tackle crime & disorder issues. Planning objectives the Preferred Partner agrees to contribute to affordable housing planning policy objectives and developments including local plan requirements and the development of a local development framework for Southampton 8.0 LINKS TO OTHER REGIONAL OBJECTIVES 8.1 PUSH the Preferred Partner agrees to work with the Council towards the: objectives of PUSH objectives inc new affordable housing development via a common affordable housing policy and economic development (where applicable) regional housing strategy objectives to meet both local and regional housing needs and secure maximum resources to the city for the development of new affordable housing South east plan objectives to meet planning objectives for Southampton and PUSH through the LDF and emerging PUSH common affordable housing policy. 9.0 PERFORMANCE The performance of the Preferred Partner and continuous improvement of the Partnership will be kept under regular review by the Council. Each Preferred Partner will use reasonable skill and care to ensure that they achieve their respective targets as set out in the performance Indicators agreed at their Annual Performance Review and subsequent review meetings. The performance of the Partnership (and preferred Partner) will be monitored as set out in section 2.2 Communication and as follows: 18

19 The Council will: Establish local performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of the Partnership (and Preferred Partner) in delivering high quality affordable homes which meet local needs. Performance will be assessed against the objectives of the Specification and annual performance agreements with the Preferred Partner. Performance targets will include 1) Core targets Number of new homes Type of new homes Mix of new homes Quality of new homes Location of new homes 2) Supplementary targets Management of housing including tackling anti-social behaviour and harassment, response to repairs, tenant satisfaction. Nominations including equality standards groups i.e. black minority ethnic households, young people, older people, mobility standards. Supporting People including number of homes developed. Private sector housing including number of empty homes bought back into use & number of private sector properties improved. PUSH including contribution to PUSH targets & objectives. The Preferred Partner will use its best endeavours to meet their annual performance targets. In the event the Preferred Partner fails to meet core or supplementary performance targets it may be subject to the conditions set out in clause 20 of the Contract - Default and Termination. 19

20 ADDENDUM SUMMARY OF THE KEY CHANGES CONTAINED WITHIN THE NEW SAHP SPECIFICATION Southampton s Social Housing Partnership Agreement The Council s current Housing Association partners signed up to an agreement containing the following sections: 1) General Matters Applying to the Agreement 2) The Identification of Housing Need 3) Meeting Housing Need 4) Design & Space Standards 5) Affordability 6) Allocating Rented Housing 7) Housing Management & Maintenance 8) Equal Opportunities 9) Appendices a. Environmental Sustainability Strategy b. Partnership Performance Indicators c. Development Consultation Protocol d. Model Nominations Agreement e. Lifetimes Homes Standard f. Site Registration Protocol g. Site Signage Protocol h. Additional Resources in the Housing Association Funding Programme New Southampton Social Housing Partnership Specification All new Housing Association partners will be required to sign the following documents: 1) Contract Agreement (containing Legal matters included in Section 1 of the previous agreement) 2) Partnership Specification (see the first part of this Appendix) 3) Grant Conditions Contract (for each SCC funding new affordable housing scheme) The Partnership Specification is the key document that Housing Associations will be required to work to. The changes that have been made are designed to incorporate all of the old sections and appendices of the old agreement into one specification document and to strengthen how partner Housing Associations will work with SCC to develop and manage sustainable affordable homes in the city. 20

21 Updates have also been included to out of date information included within the old agreement such as Housing Corporation minimum standards as well as Planning guidance/local Plan policy updates. In summary the key changes that have been made to the previous Housing Partnership documentation are as follows:- 1) Introduction - new 2) General Matters Applying to the Specification (this section was previously also included within the Contract Agreement) 3) Housing Need & Sustainable Communities (previously sections 2,3,5,6 & 7 of the old agreement). In addition new sections of the agreement now require partners to contribute to the Neighbourhood Agenda, the Council s Anti Social Behaviour & Crime Reduction Policies and strengthen the requirement of Partners to manage their homes to high standards. 4) Quality & Procurement of New Homes (previously section 4 and Appendix. (a) of the old agreement.) New sections have been introduced which require partners to work to SCC s design standards and outline how the Council expects partners to procure new homes. 5) New Sites this is a new part of the specification setting out how the partners and SCC will manage the development of new homes (previously appendix c, f & g of the old agreement). A new section has also been included on publicity 6) Resources a new section outlining how new homes will be funded, sites identified and how targets for new homes will be developed (previously included in various sections of the agreement and appendix h). 7) Links to other Council Objectives new section to highlight the key objectives that partners are expected to contribute to. 8) Links to other Regional Objectives new section to highlight PUSH, Regional Housing Strategy & South East Plan objectives. 9) Performance new section (previously part of appendix b) 21

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