Scottish Borders Council

Housing Strategies

We have been involved in the production of the following strategies.

Local Housing Strategy

Our Local Housing Strategy provides:

  • a background to the local housing system in the Borders
  • an update on progress made in delivering the strategy since its inception in 2004
  • an explanation of recent national and local developments that impact on Local Housing Strategy
  • the strategic framework for the future development of the local housing system
  • the key priorities for Local Housing Strategy for the next two years.

The Local Housing Strategy 2012-17 is available to download.

Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP)

This is the key document for targeting investment in affordable housing in the Scottish Borders. It was submitted to the Scottish Government's Housing and Investment Division (East Region) in August 2013. SHIP shows how affordable housing investment priorities set out in our Local Housing Strategy will be delivered in practice over the period 2013-18. Overall, the plan aims to:

  • improve longer term planning
  • form the basis for more detailed planning and identify funding
  • develop actions identified in Local Housing Strategy.

Homelessness Strategy

The Homelessness Strategy has been produced to help us address the serious problem of homelessness experienced in the area. It is based on consultation with customers and service providers, examination of relevant operational practice by us and our partners and review of relevant documentation. The Borders Health and Homeless Strategic Partnership oversee the homeless strategy's delivery and will report annually on its progress.

Tackling Poverty and Achieving Social Justice Strategy

This strategy is the Councils plan of how we intend to tackle poverty and achieve social justice across the Scottish Borders over the next five years and beyond. The strategy has an overall purpose to help minimise the impact of poverty and financial exclusion on the residents of the Borders. Its objective is to ensure that people are equipped to cope with the challenges they currently face; including those of the economic recession and the welfare reforms.

Find out more

For more information, contact the Housing Strategy team.


Scottish Borders Council

Council Headquarters Newtown St. Boswells Melrose TD6 0SA

Tel: 0300 100 1800


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