GHA Focussing On Long-Term Plans

GHA Focussing On Long-Term Plans
Housing Scotland Today

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has revealed its long-term plans to improve housing services, building new homes and regenerating local communities.

The Association’s draft Business Plan for 2009/2010 – Above and Beyond – has been approved by the GHA Board for full public consultation with tenants, staff and other key stakeholders over the next two months.

GHA says that Above and Beyond sets a new and challenging agenda for the Association in response to the 2007 Inspection Report by Communities Scotland (now the Scottish Housing Regulator) which required the organisation to ‘initiate and lead a fundamental review of its purpose and onward business strategy’.

GHA’s Tenant Chair, Sandra Forsythe, said: ‘The draft Business Plan is the result of a wide-ranging review and proposes how GHA will serve the 46,000-plus tenants and 26,500 owners who are staying with us in the longer-term. With as many as 21,000 homes likely to transfer from GHA in the next two years under the Second Stage Transfer (SST) process and the first five SST ballots already underway, the time is right to shape a new course for those who will remain.

‘We are now mid-way through the 11-year investment programme and it is right that we focus on tenants’ priorities for the future. Our first concern will be to significantly improve all our housing and services, to start building more new homes and to put the regeneration of our local communities in the city at the heart of all we do. We want to ensure that everyone involved in and with GHA knows that Glasgow is a great place to live and that, working with partners, we helped make it that way.’

The Association’s Chief Executive, Taroub Zahran, commented: ‘GHA needs to look to the future. We require a new mind-set for a new approach in the transformation of communities in Glasgow and in the provision and management of housing. We need now to think and act above and beyond what we have been doing in the first six years.

The process of Second Stage Transfer (SST) is progressing well and the Draft Business Plan 2009-2010 details GHA’s wish to complete the SST process, subject to tenant approval, by progressing up to 36 transfers. It is anticipated that about one third of GHA’s stock will be transferred to local organisations and that the current SST process will conclude during 2011.