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Housing and related strategies

Housing Strategy

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.

Our thanks to everybody who took part in the public consultation that informed the strategy.

The Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy replaces our Interim Housing Strategy Statement 2017 [PDF, 2MB].

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 Review

This document reviews the services we and our partners provide to prevent and relieve homelessness and rough sleeping in Cambridge. It is intended to meet the requirements of section 2(1) of the Homelessness Act 2002 and is the first formal stage in a process that will lead to a new five-year homelessness and rough sleeping strategy, due to be published in June 2020.

The review sets out and analyses a range of information drawn from our databases and case recording systems and those of our partners. It supplements this with housing market and other information drawn from publicly available sources. It also draws heavily on information set out in the Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy 2019 to 2023 [PDF, 5.5MB].

Homelessness is a complex matter. The review demonstrates and acknowledges that there are areas where more and better data is needed and areas about which we are uncertain. This is, however, part of the purpose and value of the review exercise: to set us asking better questions and to stimulate us into seeking better-informed answers, so that we can produce a better homelessness strategy and develop better services for our customers.

Tenancy 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 policy

Our tenancy policy outlines:

  • the types of tenancy to be granted for council homes
  • the type of rent that will be offered
  • what rights members of a household will have if the tenant dies ('succession rights')

We wrote this in the context of government policies around affordable rents, powers to offer shorter tenancies, and changes in succession rules.

Further information

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 housinginformation@cambridge.gov.uk.