Greenfields Community Housing and Braintree District Council have teamed up to launch a website that allows them for the first time to see detailed information about affordable housing needs in over 55 locations across the district. The Housing StatNav website was funded by the Community Housing Investment Partnership Fund.
The data on Housing StatNav includes the profile of existing affordable housing, the number and types of homes which become available to let each year, waiting times, the profile of applicants waiting for homes and other relevant information. The website’s data is being taken from both organisations’ existing systems.
Housing StatNav provides detailed information which can be used to guide the best mix for new affordable housing developments. It also helps housing staff to advise local residents who are on the waiting list how long they may need to wait and what kind of homes are available.
Phil Adams, chief executive, Greenfields Community Housing, said, “One of the most exciting outcomes of the website is that it will help to guide what type and size of new, affordable homes are built and ties in with our commitment to addressing the ongoing housing needs of the Braintree area.”
Lady Patricia Newton, cabinet member for planning and property, Braintree District Council, said, “Housing staff have already been using data provided by the project to advise applicants of likely waiting times and to tell people about the number of homes in the areas where they want to live.”