01 About South Essex Housing Group

Supporting the preparation, delivery and monitoring of local housing strategies across the South Essex and the wider Strategic Planning Framework

The South Essex Housing Group will support the preparation, delivery and monitoring of local housing strategies across the South Essex and the wider Strategic Planning Framework.
In doing so it will provide a framework for joint and collaborative working and commissioning between the authorities and developers on common cross cutting themes e.g. shared priorities and investment.

It will also provide a forum for contacts and good practice between local authorities in South Essex, Essex Housing Officers Group, Essex County Council, Housing Associations, Developers, Homes England, South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and other sub national bodies.

Through its membership and dedicated Strategy Coordinator, it will ensure issues that affect South Essex and greater Essex are raised and actioned at the necessary level. This will be done by reviewing and analysing the impact of other strategies and agendas and their likely impact on the area.

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 Protocol

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
15/11/23

Project to retrofit council house with environmental measures is almost complete

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17/09/23

Thurrock Council redevelops derelict property in Chadwell St Mary into affordable homes.

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24/04/23

City Council wins funding to improve energy efficiency of council housing

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06/04/23

Ten new council homes for Basildon residents at Valerie House

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10/05/22

Net zero carbon homes delivered at Saxon Gardens, Southend-on-Sea City Council

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10/05/22

New Customer Services Director starts at CHP

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06/05/22

Thurrock Council boosts offer of affordable and accessible council homes

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06/05/22

Council converting derelict Edwardian house into affordable apartments for local people

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19/04/22

Ninety-four new homes ready for borough residents on homeseeker register

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12/11/21

Innovative housing pilot breathes new life into run-down garages

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04 Planning

Local Authority Plans

The latest updates on local authority plans can be found below: