Our Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy for 2019 to 2023 has been developed jointly with South Cambridgeshire District Council.
The strategy includes:
- An introduction – what the strategy is about
- A high-level vision statement – what we are trying to achieve
- The context within which the strategy has been developed
It then details the councils’ key priorities under three main objectives:
- Building the right homes that people need and can afford to live in
- Enabling people to live settled lives
- Building strong partnerships
An action plan for the first year is shown in Annex 1.
- Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy 2019 to 2023 [PDF, 5.5MB]
- Annexes 1 to 8 [PDF, 1.5MB]
- Annex 1: Action Plan
- Annex 2: Links to Strategies and Plans
- Annex 3: Key Statistics
- Annex 4: Changes to National Housing Policy
- Annex 5: Summary of requirements for development of new homes
- Annex 6: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
- Annex 7: Resources
- Annex 8: Glossary
- Annex 9: Build to Rent policy [PDF, 0.2MB]
- Annex 10: Clustering and Distribution of Affordable Housing Policy [PDF, 0.2MB]
- Annex 11: Affordable Rents policy [PDF, 0.2MB]
- Annexes 1 to 8 [PDF, 1.5MB]
- Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy 2019 to 2023: Equality impact assessment [PDF, 0.4MB]
Our thanks to everybody who took part in the public consultation that informed the strategy.
Thank you also to those who helped shape our three new policies in 2021 (Annexes 9 to 11).
The Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy replaced our Interim Housing Strategy Statement 2017 [PDF, 2MB].
First Homes scheme
The government’s First Homes scheme helps to provide affordable home ownership for first time buyers.
We have agreed a joint statement with South Cambridgeshire District Council on how we will deal with the scheme locally. A separate issues and options paper provides more background.
- First Homes scheme: Interim position statement [PDF, 0.2MB]
- First Homes scheme: Issues and options paper [PDF, 0.4MB]
We will review this approach when the Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy is refreshed in 2023 and as part of the work on a new Greater Cambridge Local Plan.
Sub-Regional Housing Action Plan
The Cambridge Sub-Regional Housing Board (CRHB) works on strategic housing issues across the seven districts within the Cambridge housing sub-region.
It covers Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.
The group's action plan is reviewed regularly. It is available through the CRHB page on the Cambridgeshire Insight website.
Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy
Our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out our five-year plan to deal with homelessness and rough sleeping in Cambridge.
We wrote the strategy following extensive consultation, including with statutory and voluntary agencies. It draws on the findings of our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Review, from 2019.
- Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 to 2026 [PDF, 0.6MB]
- Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Review [PDF, 1MB]
We developed the strategy during a year of great change and uncertainty about the medium to long-term impact of coronavirus. Early indications suggest the impact on the economy might cause greater housing stress and more people losing their home. But we see some new opportunities and an increased incentive to develop bold new solutions, especially in the area of homelessness prevention. We have tried to reflect this in our strategy.
Our tenancy strategy sets out the issues registered providers must consider when deciding:
- what type of tenancies to offer
- the circumstances in which they will offer each type of tenancy
- the length of any fixed-term tenancy
- the circumstances in which they will grant a new tenancy when a fixed term tenancy comes to an end
- Tenancy Strategy 2020 [PDF, 0.3MB]
- Tenancy Strategy 2020: Glossary [PDF, 75Kb]
- Tenancy Strategy 2020: Supporting data [PDF, 0.2MB]
- See also: Housing services policies
Other relevant strategies, policies and plans can be found on our council policies, plans and strategies section.
For further information about our housing related strategies, email email@example.com.