01 About Essex Housing Officers Group

Promoting and sharing good practice in strategic housing, housing management & operations, stimulating housing growth, and reducing homelessness and use of temporary housing through working in partnership across Greater Essex.

The Essex Housing Officers Group works jointly with the Districts, Cities and Borough Councils acting as a consultation forum for both National and Regional agendas where the issue impacts on housing. In so doing, it provides a framework for shared and collaborative working between members and external partners. EHOG members include the local housing authorities (District, Cities & Boroughs) Essex County Council, Housing Associations along with representatives for Developers, Homes England and other bodies. The Group provides a forum for sharing contacts and discussing good practice between its members in Essex.

Through its membership, EHOG will commission and agree on county wide initiatives such as move-on strategies and housing protocols to ensure a consistent approach across local authorities and other housing providers.

The latest Terms of Reference for the Group can be found here

02 Explore

Affordable housing

A resume of national trends, local house prices, affordability and market indicators.

Asset management

Managing assets effectively is crucial to the operations of local authorities, registered providers and private landlords in meeting their strategic goals particularly in relation increasing value and maintaining stock.

Climate Action

Our Climate Action Charter includes an action plan to support partners develop their own actions to address climate change and prepare for zero carbon.

Construction Skills

Working with the Essex Employment and Skills Board to continue to invest in the local skills pipeline and training provision.

Evidence base

Having a robust evidence base is key to securing a sound local plan and for making a convincing case for funding to support essential infrastructure. 

Funding opportunities

A range of funding opportunities exist for EDG and SEHG partners from the Government to support housing growth and related services.

Greater Essex Planning Protocols

Together, local authorities, developers and infrastructure providers are vital to the delivery of quality, sustainable development: this Protocol is our shared commitment.

Housing Quality & Design

Collaborating to improve the quality of housing development in Essex through establishment of a pan-Essex innovation and quality project.

Housing Recovery

Partnership's ongoing response to housing recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic and some key interventions.

Nominations, allocations & lettings

The South Essex Housing Group set up an Allocations Sub Group to develop a Sub-Regional Nomination Agreement Best Practice Guide.

Older People's Housing & Healthy Living

The population of Essex is ageing. What is needed is a wide range of housing types across all tenures, including accessible and adaptable general needs retirement housing.

Preventing Homelessness

Preventing homelessness remains a key priority both nationally and across Essex.

Private Rented Sector

Key evidence was submitted by South Essex Housing Group to the New Rugg Review covering the state of the local private rented sector, associated problems / obstacles and solutions that have or are being considered to resolve them.

Strategic Planning, Regeneration, Garden Communities and Stewardship

Partners are working together on agreeing the overall housing requirement forming part of a wider evidence base to support Local Plans and investment in infrastructure. The potential for new garden settlements are also being explored across Essex.

03 Latest News & Events

Essex Housing Officers Group a year on…

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Essex homeless ‘out of area’ placements task and finish group set up to develop good practice

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Cannock Mill Cohousing

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Congratulations to Essex Housing Officers Group Logo Competition Winner

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Agreement on World Homeless Day to prevent ex-offenders from homelessness on release from prison

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Essex councils awarded more funding to tackle rough sleeping

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New partner launch

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04 Planning

Local Authority Plans

Essex is made up of 15 Local Planning Authorities including City, District, Borough, Unitary and County Councils. The following links will take you to each local authorities planning page for the latest local plan update: