Housing policies, strategies & data

The ways in which our services are run and developed, and the way decisions are made, are guided by a number of policies, strategy documents and data collected:

Housing Strategy

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

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We have a statutory duty to produce a Homelessness Strategy. The current Homelessness Strategy (2015-18) expires in December 2018.

The Draft Homelessness Strategy (2019-2024) has been developed to identify the key priorities and the actions required to deliver both by us, and other key public and private stakeholders.

The Draft Strategy identifies measures to deliver our Corporate Objectives of ‘Services Focused on the Most Vulnerable People’, ‘Economic Growth and Development’ and ‘Safe Place to Live’. It complements the Trafford Housing Strategy 2018-2023, plays a key role in delivering the priorities set in the emerging GM Housing Strategy and the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

View the Draft Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024 Consultation

Empty Homes Strategy

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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

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Trafford Council has reviewed the Housing Allocations Policy in light of the changes to homelessness legislation though the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Extensive consultation took place during August and September 2018 and the final version of the Policy is now in place.

The Housing Allocation Policy explains the rules, criteria and procedure that determine how the Council will nominate households to social and affordable rented Registered Provider (RP) properties in the borough. Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST), who provides homelessness and housing advice on behalf of the Council, administer this Policy. However the Council is responsible for producing the Policy and ensuring its implementation.

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

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

Trafford housing market bulletin

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Quarterly, Trafford Council publishes a housing market bulletin. The bulletin will help you to keep track of local and regional housing market data. The following market indicators are included within the bulletin:

  • House Prices
  • Private Rented Housing
  • Empty Properties
  • Mortgage Repossessions
  • Housing Affordability
  • New House Building
  • Local Monitoring Data

View the latest Trafford housing market bulletin