The Government wants local authorities to address their residents' housing needs across all housing tenures through strategic housing activity, in order to support effective place shaping and ensure delivery of sustainable communities. This document is part of a suite of guidance about local authorities' strategic housing role, and lists some of the powers and guidance that authorities can draw upon in delivering this role. There is a useful table within the document of activities/functions, key legislative powers and relevant guidance. However, it should be emphasised that whether or not it is appropriate to use a particular statutory power will depend on the local circumstances and therefore local authorities should seek their own legal advice, as usual.

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