Housing policies & strategies

The ways in which our services are run and developed, and the way decisions are made, are guided by a number of housing policy and strategy documents.

Housing Strategy

Our new Housing Strategy 2018-2023 was formally agreed at Executive on the 25th June 2018.

The new Housing Strategy has been developed to identify the key housing priorities for the borough and the measures required to deliver them by the Council and other key public and private stakeholders.

Our housing priorities for the next five years are:

  1. To accelerate housing growth.
  2. To support inclusive economic growth.
  3. To create neighbourhoods of choice through a better mix of homes.
  4. To reduce inequalities across the borough.
  5. To improve residents’ health and wellbeing.
  6. To increase the range of, and residents access to, opportunities; and to reduce homelessness.

The Housing Strategy identifies key interventions required to meet current and future housing need in Trafford and to address a number of supply and demand challenges. The interventions have been identified in the context of the Council’s Corporate Objectives, Trafford Vision 2031, GM growth ambitions as articulated in the GMSF and GM Housing Strategy, and discussions with key stakeholders.

The Housing Strategy coupled with the Vision, Corporate Objectives, Trafford Economic and Housing Growth Framework and the wider GM strategic arena, forms a comprehensive and fully joined up approach to delivering future housing growth to benefit Trafford’s residents.

If you have any queries, please contact housing.strategy@trafford.gov.uk

Homelessness Strategy

The Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 sets out the key challenges, objectives and priorities for tackling homelessness across the borough, and outlines how the Council plans to tackle.

The Strategy sets out short, medium and long-term actions. The actions are designed to:

  • prevent homelessness
  • provide accommodation for the homeless, and
  • provide support for the homeless.

These are designed to prevent homelessness whenever possible, offer interventions such as temporary accommodation, and provide advice to people who are homeless or who are facing homelessness.

The Council is working with our partners to help us to deliver the outcomes which will help vulnerable people in Trafford.

You can download the strategy below:

Empty Homes Strategy

There are in excess 2,500 empty properties in Trafford, of which over a thousand have been empty for more than 6 months. Empty properties are a wasted resource, particularly in an area like Trafford with high levels of demand for all types of housing. Empty homes can also have an adverse effect on local neighbourhoods, creating blight and attracting vandalism.

Returning empty properties to use eases pressure on the housing stock, improves the neighbourhood environment and meets housing need.

The Council's Empty Homes Strategy sets out the approach the Council will adopt to target resources at the most problematic empty homes, and those with the greatest potential to meet housing need.

You can download the Empty Homes strategy below:

Allocations Policy

Under Part 6 of the 1996 Housing Act all local authorities are obliged to published an Allocation Policy that explains how they will allocate social housing stock, including who qualifies to apply, how households with be prioritised and the processes to be used.

The Policy details how the Council's commitment to meeting housing needs may be achieved by making best use of existing stock.

You can download the Housing Allocation Policy below:

Further details about applying for social housing in Trafford can be found at the following page: