Housing providers

Housing providers

New data was released 23 February 2021, about housing owned by registered providers across the country. This was based on data collected as at March 2020.

The latest data shows a total of 65 housing providers owning and managing more than 64,000 homes across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk.

Who are the big ones?

Cambridge City Homes and South Cambridgeshire District Council housing are the only two councils who continue to own and manage council housing. The other six local authorities have transferred their housing to a housing association partner, known as stock transfer landlords. These are:

  • Sanctuary in East Cambridgeshire
  • Clarion in Fenland
  • Chorus in Huntingdonshire
  • Cross Keys in Peterborough
  • Flagship and Havebury in West Suffolk.

How many others are there?

In addition, in each district there are other housing providers who own and manage homes. These include housing associations, almshouse trusts and other providers registered with Homes England.

Some own very small numbers of homes and focus on particular locations or issues – others have a large number of homes across the whole area.

  • 29 registered providers own housing in Cambridge, representing 6,058 homes
  • 25 registered providers own housing in East Cambridgeshire, representing 5,772 homes
  • 33 registered providers own housing in Fenland, representing 5,958 homes
  • 34 registered providers own housing in Huntingdonshire, representing 11,021 homes
  • 31 registered providers own housing in Peterborough, representing 17,027 homes
  • 30 registered providers own housing in South Cambridgeshire, representing 5,340 homes
  • 28 registered providers own housing in West Suffolk, representing 13,115 homes

Many of the providers operate in more than one district, which is why the number of RPs in the list above does not add up to 65.

In total housing associations across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk own 64,291 homes.

In 2021 we have updated this directory using data from Homes England. We’ve included a guide to the type and number of homes they own and/or manage in that district, and links to their website “home page” so you can find out more. We have also added links to regulatory judgements where they are available.

Some notable changes include:

  • Axiom became part of the Longhurst Group.
  • Aldwyk became part of Catalyst Housing.
  • Suffolk Housing Society became part of Flagship Housing group.
  • Sage housing  increased its housing stock in this area in a few districts, though still fairly small numbers. Sage is fairly unusual in this list as it is a “for-profit” organisation.
  • Grand Union Housing increased its stock in the area though still fairly small numbers.
  • Colne Housing Society and Greenfields Housing merged to form Eastlight Community Homes.
  • A previous change not noted in this list was the change of Metropolitan Housing Trust to MTVH, following the merger of Metropolitan with Thames Valley Housing Association back in 2018.

Where does the data come from?

  • The list of providers comes from Homes England. The data is gathered from each provider in March /April each year, it’s then checked and published – usually in October but due to Covid in 2020, it was delayed till February 2021. As soon as we can, we publish the local information here on Cambridgeshire Insight.
  • The provider web addresses have been added locally. Some providers do not appear to have a website but these can be added, if you can provide the missing information. In the case of some smaller charities, in 2021 a link to the Charity Commission listing has been added so you get a little more background about these providers.
  • As provider names and stock numbers change during the course of a year, the list is reviewed and updated once Homes England has published its data.
  • The most recent update in full detail can be found at Private registered provider social housing stock and rents in England 2019 to 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Homes England has also created toolkits where you can pick a district or a housing provider to find out:

All these tools and other information, can be found here.

Regulatory judgements

Links to regulatory judgments (where available) which are made by the Regulator of Social Housing, were added in August 2021. The source of the links can be found here. Only housing providers with more than 1,000 homes nationally, get a regulatory judgement. This explains why some smaller providers don’t have a link to a judgment report.

You can find a full list of regulated providers here.

Where an association is part of a group, the link provided may take you to the regulatory judgement for the whole group, not the individual organisation listed – for example, both Chorus Homes and Cotman Housing Association became part of the Places for People group, so the links provided against Chorus and Cotman take you to the Places for People regulatory judgement. Similarly, the MTVH link takes you to Thames Valley Housing’s regulatory judgement as MTVH is now part of that merged group.

There is a page about regulatory standards here if you want to know more.

Notes

In each district’s table, LCHO is short for low cost home ownership.

Cambridge

In Cambridge, council housing is owned and managed by Cambridge City Homes, please see https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/housing.

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in Cambridge, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

 

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020 which were published Feb 2021  General needs Supported housing Older people LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
Abbeyfield Society 17 17 Click
Anchor Hanover Group 70 70 Click
Argyle Street Housing Co-operative 84 84
bpha 807 5 55 409 1,276 Click
Catalyst Housing 87 8 21 69 185 Click
Cherry Hinton Almshouse Charity (takes you to Charity Commission listing) 2 2
CHS Group 600 114 155 33 902 Click
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus, part of the Places for People group) 207 38 245 Click
Clarion Housing Group 218 44 262 Click
Flagship Housing Group 110 58 168 Click
Futures Homescape 3 3 6 Click
Hastoe Housing Association 4 2 6 Click
Heylo Housing 15 15
Housing 21 81 81 Click
Housing Partnership (London) 79 79
Hundred Houses Society 805 37 842 Click
London & Quadrant Housing Trust 107 107 Click
MTVH (formerly Metropolitan) 108 24 16 815 Click
Orbit Group 9 9 Click
Origin Housing 12 44 1 57 Click
Orwell Housing Association  15 15 Click
Papworth Trust 12 12
Paradise Housing Co-operative 11 11
Riverside Group 43 111 154 Click
Sage Housing 7 14 21
Sanctuary Housing Association 503 503 Click
Stonewater 1 27 28 Click
Waters Almshouses (links to CHS website) 6 6
YMCA Trinity Group 80 80
Total 4,363 453 494 748 6,058

 

East Cambridgeshire

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in East Cambridgeshire, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

 

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020 which were published Feb 2021 General needs Supported Older peoples LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
bpha 8 18 26 Click
Cambridgeshire Cottage Housing Society (no website) 8 8
CHS Group 343 33 112 488 Click
Clarion Housing Group 99 56 155 Click
Eastlight Community Homes (formerly Colne Housing Society) 8 8 Click
Empower Housing Association 7 7 Click
Flagship Housing Group 112 20 132 Click
Futures Homescape 2 2 Click
Hastoe Housing Association 93 25 118 Click
Heylo Housing 23 23
Havebury Housing Partnership 18 14 32 Click
Hundred Houses Society 89 22 111 Click
Longhurst Group 46 65 21 132 Click
Mary Hatch Almshouses with Diamond Jubilee Cottages (takes you to Charity Commission listing) 6 6
MTVH (formerly Metropolitan) 63 9 9 81 Click
Muir Group 1 1 Click
Orbit Group & Orbit South 34 4 38 Click
Papworth Trust 5 5
Progress Housing Group 6 6 Click
Saffron Housing Trust 5 1 6 Click
Sanctuary & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 3,228 61 951 110 4,350 Click
Sovereign Housing Association 1 1 Click
Stonewater 25 11 36 Click
Total 4,168 126 1,022 456 5,772

 

Fenland

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in Fenland, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020 which were published Feb 2021 General needs Supported Older peoples LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
Accent Group 362 53 15 430 Click
Anchor Hanover Group 27 27 Click
Bespoke Supportive Tenancies 12 12 Click
bpha 2 3 5 Click
Catalyst Housing 4 4 Click
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus, part of the Places for People group) 14 26 40 Click
Chrysalis Supported 3 3
CHS Group 180 28 1 209 Click
Clarion Housing Group 3,578 419 89 4,086 Click
Cotman Housing Association (part of the Places for People group) 5 5 Click
Cross Keys Homes 34 6 40 Click
First Priority Housing Association 3 3 Click
Flagship Housing Group 3 3 Click
Funding Affordable Homes 1 1
Futures Homescape 9 9 Click
Golden Lane Housing 6 6 Click
Home Group 75 21 16 112 Click
Housing 21 31 31 Click
Hundred Houses Society 35 1 36 Click
Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company 23 23 Click
Longhurst Group 203 23 60 27 313 Click
MTVH (formerly Metropolitan) 59 1 60 Click
Muir Group Housing Association 98 20 7 125 Click
My Space Housing Solutions 7 7 Click
Orbit Group 1 1 Click
Papworth Trust 14 14
Places for People Group 1 14 15 Click
Reside Housing Association 18 18 Click
Saffron Housing Trust 1 1 Click
Sanctuary Housing & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 145 18 130 5 298 Click
Wisbech Charities (takes you to Charities Commission listing) 21 21
Total 4,807 237 741 173 5,958

 

Huntingdonshire

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in Huntingdonshire, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020  which were published Feb 2021 General needs Supported Older peoples LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
Accent Group 42o 63 13 496 (check) Click
Anchor Hanover Group 189 189 Click
Bespoke Supportive Tenancies 7 7 Click
bpha 631 13 265 909 Click
Catalyst Housing 49 49 Click
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus, part of the Places for People group) 5,380 40 538 152 6,110 Click
CHS Group 282 6 64 352 Click
Clarion Housing Group 109 17 126 Click
Cotman Housing Association (part of the Places for People group) 30 30 Click
Cross Keys Homes 272 104 376 Click
Dimensions (UK) 5 5
Golden Lane Housing 6 6 Click
Guinness Partnership 68 23 91 Click
Hastoe Housing Association 37 10 47 Click
Havebury Housing Partnership 50 17 67 Click
Heylo Housing 49 49
Home Group 18 18 Click
Housing 21 107 107 Click
Hundred Houses Society 19 3 22 Click
Hyde Housing Association 118 40 158 Click
Longhurst Group 331 38 46 35 450 Click
MTVH (formerly Metropolitan) 314 29 55 398 Click
Muir Group Housing Association 525 38 36 25 624 Click
Orbit Group 1 1 Click
Papworth Trust 33 33
Places for People Group 69 11 8o Click
Progress Housing Group 3 3 Click
Ramsey Welfare Charities (takes you to Charity Commission listing) 44 44
Reside Housing Association 32 32 Click
Sage Housing 53 16 69
Salvation Army Housing Association 36 36 Click
Stonewater 29 8 37 Click
Total 8,717 373 1,063 868 11,021

 

Peterborough

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in Peterborough, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020 which were published Feb 2021 General needs Supported Older peoples LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
Accent Group 1,366 189 122 1,677 Click
Anchor Hanover Group 145 145 Click
Bespoke Supportive Tenancies 6 6 Click
bpha 348 191 539 Click
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus, part of the Places for People group) 17 17 Click
Chrysalis Supported 14 14
Clarion Housing Group 383 7 390 Click
Cross Keys Homes 8,667 75 1,224 464 10,430 Click
First Priority Housing Association 40 40 Click
Funding Affordable Homes 12 12
Golden Lane Housing 17 17 Click
Grand Union Housing Group 1 1 Click
Guinness Partnership 3 3 Click
Habinteg Housing Association 7 7 Click
Heylo Housing 17 17
Home Group 456 38 31 525 Click
Housing 21 130 130 Click
Hundred Houses Society 1 1 Click
Hyde Housing Association 678 25 266 16 985 Click
Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company 34 34 Click
Longhurst Group 1,109 145 339 155 1,748 Click
Muir Group 18 5 23 Click
Orbit Group 6 6 Click
Papworth Trust 36 36
Places for People Group 51 3 54 Click
Saffron Housing Trust 1 1 Click
Stonewater 1 1 Click
Westmoreland Supported Housing 25 25 Click
YMCA Trinity Group 117 117
Total 13,123 595 2,293 1,016 17,027

 

South Cambridgeshire

In South Cambridgeshire, council housing is owned and managed by South Cambridgeshire District Council – please see https://www.scambs.gov.uk/services/council-tenants for more detail.

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in South Cambridgeshire, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020 which were published Feb 2021 General needs Supported Older peoples LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
Accent Group 242 103 345 Click
Anchor Hanover Group 32 32 Click
bpha 482 16 25 365 888 Click
Cambridgeshire Cottage Housing Society (no website) 57 57
Catalyst Housing 49 9 58 Click
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus, part of the Places for People group) 44 31 75 Click
CHS Group 578 60 172 810 Click
Clarion Housing Group 526 9 123 658 Click
Cross Keys Homes 20 9 29 Click
Flagship Housing Group 188 15 100 303 Click
Grand Union Housing Group 3 3 Click
Guinness Partnership 32 2 34 Click
Hastoe Housing Association 5 1 6 Click
Havebury Housing Partnership 4 2 6 Click
Heylo Housing 21 21
Hundred Houses Society 191 53 244 Click
Longhurst Group 38 16 54 Click
MTVH (formerly Metropolitan) 672 47 125 844 Click
Orbit Group & Orbit South 8 11 19 Click
Papworth Trust 172 265 437
Paradigm Housing Group 10 10 20 Click
Places for People Group 78 51 129 Click
Riverside Group 12 12 Click
Saffron Housing Trust 1 1 Click
Sage Housing 14 6 20
Sanctuary Housing & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 29 34 74 12 149 Click
Stonewater 54 23 77 Click
Total 3,508 371 206 1,255 5,340

 

West Suffolk

Here is a list of housing providers registered with Homes England who own and/or manage homes in the former Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury areas, now known as West Suffolk, with a guide to the number and type of homes as at March 2020.

If you click on the blue provider name, their home page will open in a new window to help you find out more.

Updated using stock figures @ March 2020 which were published Feb 2021 General needs Supported Older peoples LCHO Total Regulatory judgement
Anchor Hanover Group 176 176 Click
bpha 6 13 18 37 Click
Broadland Housing Association 91 91 Click
Catalyst Housing 1 1 Click
CHS Group 10 10 Click
Clarion Housing Group 107 115 222 Click
Co-op Homes (South) 3 3
Cotman Housing Association (part of the Places for People group) 53 2 55 Click
Estuary Housing Association 1 1 Click
Flagship Housing Group 3,827 76 426 291 4,620 Click
Golden Lane Housing 6 6 Click
Hastoe Housing Association 37 17 54 Click
Havebury Housing Partnership 5,647 101 277 137 6,162 Click
Home Group 18 18 Click
Housing 21 120 120 Click
MTVH (formerly Metropolitan) 151 17 26 194 Click
Orbit Group & Orbit South 287 40 80 81 488 Click
Orwell Housing Association 135 13 148 Click
Papworth Trust 1 1
Reside Housing Association 13 13 Click
Riverside Group 16 57 73 Click
Saffron Housing Trust 4 1 5 Click
Sage Housing 14 20 34
Sanctuary Housing Association & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 185 87 34 42 348 Click
Stonewater 226 9 235 Click
YMCA Trinity Group 26 26 
Total 10,796 432 1,126 761 13,115

Feedback?

If you have any feedback, suggestions, comments or additions to make, please e-mail sue.beecroft@cambridge.gov.uk – thank you!