In February 2003 the Deputy Prime Minister launched Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future. This strategy set out a programme of action to tackle the imbalance of housing supply and demand, and to improve the condition of the housing stock and its contribution to the quality of our neighbourhoods. One area which was identified as crucial to delivering sustainable communities was the need for greater integration between housing acitvity in the regions and other strategies/plans and public investment programmes.
Regional Housing Boards (RHB) were therefore established in each region to strengthen the integration of housing plans and investment with planning, economic development and regeneration plans and investment. From May 2003 to July 2006 the RHB was chaired and serviced by GOYH.
The Regional Housing Board has two core areas of responsibility:
- advising Ministers on regional housing priorities through the production of a Regional Housing Strategy (RHS).
- advising Ministers on the allocation of the new Single Regional Housing Pot resources to deliver RHS priorities
See below for further information on the preparation of the RHS and its accompanying inevstment strategy.
The Barker Review of Housing Supply published in 2004 recommended closer alignment between regional housing, planning, transport and economic development priorities. Following the 6 July 2006 RHB meeting, the chairing and management of the Regional Housing Board has been transferred to the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly. Please contact Rob Warm at the Assembly or view the Assemblies website for details of future RHB meetings. Rob's contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01924 331562.