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 need and demand assessment

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We have a statutory responsibility to prepare housing and planning policies, which involves an understanding of the requirements of local communities. An update to our housing evidence base is now needed, and we will be collecting this through a household survey.

Draft Older People’s Housing Strategy 2019-2024

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Trafford Council currently does not have an Older People’s Housing Strategy. To address this gap, a Draft Older People’s Housing Strategy is currently being prepared, with a focused on people aged over 55.

The aim of the Strategy is to deliver an integrated approach to the housing needs of older people in the borough. Enabling older people to maintain their independence by remaining in their own homes and to make active and informed choices where necessary or desired, for suitable housing, care and support, while maximising independence and quality of life. The Strategy identifies some key themes to improve the range and quantity of housing provision for older people. It will also contain an action plan and priorities for the Council to focus on.

Trafford Council undertook a public consultation to obtain views, comments and feedback from residents, interested parties and organisations on current and future housing needs and support for older people.  Consultation began on Monday 7th January 2019 and ran for a period of 6 weeks up until Sunday 17th February. 

The consultation comprised of two online surveys (one for residents and the other aimed at stakeholders, and interested parties/organisations), and a Stakeholder Roundtable event with attendees from a mix of registered providers, the NHS, Trafford Council and charities. 

A consultation report has been produced to feedback the information gathered.

The new strategy is currently being drafted. Consultation on the first draft will be taking place during the Summer 2019, with the final version being published in the Autumn 2019.

For any queries, please contact housing.strategy@trafford.gov.uk

Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024

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The Council has a statutory duty to produce a Homelessness Strategy and our new Strategy was formally agreed at Executive on the 18 March 2019.

The new Homelessness Strategy (2019-2024) has been produced to identify the key priorities and the actions required to deliver them by the Council and other key stakeholders over the next five years.

The Strategy identifies measures to deliver the Council’s new Corporate Objectives of “Building Quality, Affordable and Social Housing”, “Health and Wellbeing” and “Targeted Support”. 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.

The vision for the Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024 is:

“Working Together to End Homelessness in Trafford”

The strategic priorities are:

  1. Prevent homelessness in Trafford.
  2. Improve access to permanent affordable accommodation and supported homes, primarily through the increased supply of social housing.
  3. Aim to eradicate the use of B&B and increase the provision of good quality Temporary Accommodation for homeless people in Trafford.
  4. Work towards ending rough sleeping in Trafford.
  5. Improve access to employment, education and training for homeless people in Trafford.
  6. Improve health & wellbeing for homeless people in Trafford.

Download the Homelessness Strategy, Action Plan and Consultation Report.

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

Housing Strategy 2018-2023

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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

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 2018

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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 Trafford housing market bulletin Spring 2019

View the Trafford housing market bulletin Winter 2018

View the Trafford housing market bulletin Summer 2018

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