Housing strategy

Our housing strategy aims to ensure we provide a comprehensive housing service. To improve the quality of life by seeking solutions to all aspects of housing needs across Central Beds.

The Strategic Housing Role encompasses the following:

  • assess and plan for current and future housing needs of the local population
  • make the best use of existing housing stock
  • plan and facilitate new affordable housing
  • plan and commission housing support services which link homes to support and other services that people need to live in them
  • have working partnerships that secure effective housing and neighbourhood management.
  • address the needs of the community, in particular key workers
  • improve the quality of all private sector homes, in particular those of vulnerable homeowners

If you have any queries, please contact the Strategic Housing Team housing.strategy@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

List of National Policies since 2010 until the present date

Local Growth White Paper (Oct 2010)

Laying the foundations – A Housing Strategy 2011

Affordable Rent Programme (HCA) - March 2011

National Planning Policy Framework – March 2012

Localism Act – Nov 2011 Included: - The reformed Local Development Framework

Neighbourhood Planning

Changes to the definition of the homelessness duty to discharge to the private sector

Changes to Social Housing Waiting List

Other issues

New Homes Bonus

Welfare Reform Act 2012, which includes-

Spare Room Subsidy

The Benefit Cap

Introduction of Universal credit, ESA PIP and all benefits into one.

Council Tax Support

Local Housing Allowance Cap

Single Room rate extended up to people of 35 years old

Duty to Co-operate

Planning obligations

CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)

Download more information

Central Bedfordshire Housing Strategy (PDF 1.9MB)
Rent Strategy (PDF 409.4KB)