At the end of October 2014, there will be a new approach to the allocation of social housing in Central Bedfordshire. Under the new scheme, local people in housing need will have a greater chance of finding an affordable home and more assistance will be given to people in priority groups to find housing that suits their needs.
Some of the key changes are:
- a simple online process that will provide immediate feedback to applicants on their eligibility to join the register, or their alternative housing options
- introduction of an older persons housing register that recognises the importance of support networks to people as they get older
- restricted membership of the housing register to people in housing need who live / work in the Central Bedfordshire area
- position on the housing register determined by date of application and at the point of shortlisting, by employment status. People in work or those in a volunteering role will be given priority over people who are unemployed
- greater assistance given to people in priority groups who may have difficulty in finding the right home. This includes people leaving supported housing, foster parents, and veterans and their families
- access to ‘Available Now’ properties for households who are not eligible to join the Housing Register
At the end of September 2014 a letter will be sent to everyone on the current housing register explaining how the new scheme will affect them and how they can what apply to join the new register. Help will be available for anyone unable to complete the online registration form.
Detailed information about the changes can be found in the fact sheets and the Allocations Policy document (PDF 580KB).
Changes to the Housing Register (PDF 295KB)
Eligibility criteria (PDF 320KB)
Older Persons Housing Register (PDF 348KB)
As part of the overarching Housing Asset Management Strategy for Central Bedfordshire, the council want to build new homes in the right areas to meet the housing demand from local people.
This will include a series of new developments across the area:
Creasey Park Drive Garage Site:
This former garage site is owned by the council which has been vacant for some years and is suitable for development. This development will include four new homes:
- 1 two-bedroomed bungalow
- 1 two-bedroomed bungalow adapted for the disabled and
- 2 two-bedroom flats
Croft Green Sheltered Housing Scheme
Croft Green sheltered housing scheme is one of the schemes identified for partial redevelopment as part of the Central Bedfordshire Council’s review of its sheltered housing provision and drive to improve accommodation standards and housing offer for its residents.
The Council has been working with a team of architects to develop ideas and drawings for the new scheme. We wanted to let you, as local residents, know about these exciting plans and show you some of the design ideas and details before we submit a planning application this autumn.
Further information about the development is shown is the document below: