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.

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 and Garden Communities

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

Thurrock Council approve 173 much-needed new homes

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A new ‘Ready to Rent’ video is launched by the South Essex Housing Group

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Essex homeowners offered £10,000 to ‘go green’ and save on bills

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South Essex Future Risk Analysis

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Twenty-two Thurrock households have been given the keys to high-quality, affordable council homes in the final handover phase of Thurrock Council’s Claudian Way development.

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Breaking Ground at Calcutta Road, Tilbury

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53 affordable units for rent, Claudian Way – Chadwell St Mary

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Top 4 Challenges for Essex Landlords

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Queensway residents’ enjoy regeneration launch event

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Sensory garden coming to Rayleigh

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04 Planning

Local Authority Plans

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