Housing Strategy 2012-15

The council’s Housing Strategy sets out how we will respond to a number of challenges including providing:

  • more homes for Huntingdonshire’s current and future population

  • more affordable housing including for homeless households and

  • meeting the needs of our ageing population.

It also sets out our response to national reforms such as the National Planning Policy Framework, the Welfare Reform Act 2011 and the Localism Act 2011.

Tenancy Strategy

The Localism Act of 2012 requires each local authority to produce a Tenancy Strategy setting out the matters which housing associations have to consider when deciding: 

  • the kinds of tenancies they grant

  • the circumstances in which they will grant any tenancy type

  • the lengths of tenancies and

  • the circumstances in which they will grant a further tenancy when an existing tenancy ends.

Homelessness Strategy

Councils are required to produce a strategy to:

  • address the causes of homelessness in the area

  • introduce initiatives to prevent homelessness wherever possible

  • provide sufficient temporary accommodation for those households that are or may become homeless

  • ensure that appropriate support is available for people who have previously experienced homelessness in order to prevent it happening again.

Lettings Policy

Our Lettings Policy sets out who is eligible to register for an affordable, rented home, how we prioritise applications and how we make other necessary decisions.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Assessing housing need is important to help inform the council’s Housing and Planning Strategies. Through examining issues like population changes and housing affordability and supply, we can draw conclusions about how much new housing is needed, in which locations and of what type and tenure.

Cambridge Sub-Region Housing Board (CRHB)

Seven district councils make up the Cambridge sub-region:

  • Cambridge City Council

  • East Cambridgeshire District Council

  • Fenland District Council

  • Forest Heath District Council

  • Huntingdonshire District Council

  • South Cambridgeshire District Council

  • St Edmundsbury District Council

We work together to help address the housing needs of the area. The Cambridge Sub-Regional Housing Board (CRHB) works in partnership to share learning and experience across our housing markets. Relevant publications and information can be found on the Cambridgeshire Insight website.

Examples of joint projects include the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and the Home-Link choice-based lettings process for the allocation of affordable housing.

House Condition Survey

We regularly conduct Private Sector House Condition Surveys in order to form a detailed picture of the condition of owner-occupied and privately rented housing. The survey provides good statistical information and useful evidence for strategies and investment decisions.

The information also helps us to meet our obligations in relation to current housing legislation:

Our last survey, in 2010, sampled 1,021 private (not housing association) dwellings.