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Housing strategy and policy

Housing Plan

We are responsible for working with other agencies to meet the need for affordable accommodation in the district.

The current Housing Plan sets out our plans for housing in the Cotswold district from 2016 until 2020 and links government policy on housing with the local approach to addressing housing-related issues in the Cotswold district. The Housing plan includes the following:

  • the housing plan
  • homelessness strategy
  • strategic tenancy policy
  • policy on discharging statutory homelessness into the private sector

We support individuals and families to stay in the area by enabling affordable housing, and the 2016 to 2020 plan identified six priorities for the housing agenda in the district until 2020. These are:

  • Priority one: Understanding the Cotswold Housing Market Area
  • Priority two: Increasing the supply and access to housing across all tenures
  • Priority three: Developing thriving, sustainable communities
  • Priority four: Provide housing and support services for our most vulnerable residents
  • Priority five: Making best use of the existing housing stock
  • Priority six: Prevent and respond to homelessness

Housing Needs assessment

The housing needs assessment 2009 provides assessed housing need and housing support requirements, across all tenures and client groups. This study will help underpin along with other evidence the development of our affordable housing policies in the district and will help inform strategies on the level and type of affordable housing provision to meet needs in the coming years.

The Gloucestershire housing needs report provides and overview of the results for the whole county, while the Cotswold district report provides detailed information on the local housing need across the district.

Gypsy and traveller accommodation assessment

The 2004 Housing Act requires local authorities to assess the accommodation needs of Gypsies, Travellers, and Showpeople and to make adequate provision for them through the planning process. 

The assessment is available under the Local Plan evidence documents in the housing for local needs section.

Strategic housing market assessment 2014

This assessment helps us to understand the nature and level of housing demand and need within the joint market area and provides information and guidance for a variety of housing and planning policies.

The assessment provides the following information.

  • estimates of current dwellings in terms of size, type, condition and tenure
  • analysis of past and current housing market trends, and key issues affecting the housing market
  • estimate of current number of households in housing need
  • estimate of future households requiring market and affordable housing
  • estimate of the sizes of housing required
  • estimate of households groups who have particular household requirements

 The Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment is available to download from the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

The affordable housing supplementary planning document (SPD) was adopted by the Council on 27 February 2007.

Long term empty homes policy

The policy aims to identify the causes of empty properties, why they remain empty and a clear action plan showing how we intend to reduce this number.