Housing providers

Housing providers

New data was released 23 February 2021, about housing owned by registered providers across the country.

In March 2020, 65 housing providers owned and managed more than 64,000 homes across the 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 manage council housing. The other six councils have transferred council 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 our directory of housing associations and providers across our area again, 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.

In 2020, 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.

Where does the data come from?

  • The list of providers comes from Homes England. The data is gathered from each provider in 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)
  • Below are the housing providers and stock numbers for each local authority area.

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.

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
Abbeyfield Society 17 17
Anchor Hanover Group 70 70
Argyle Street Housing Co-operative 84 84
bpha 807 5 55 409 1,276
Catalyst Housing 87 8 21 69 185
Cherry Hinton Almshouse Charity (takes you to Charity Commission listing) 2 2
CHS Group 600 114 155 33 902
Chorus Homes 207 38 245
Clarion Housing Association 218 44 262
Flagship Housing Group 110 58 168
Futures Homescape 3 3 6
Hastoe Housing Association 4 2 6
Heylo Housing 15 15
Housing 21 81 81
Housing Partnership (London) 79 79
Hundred Houses Society 805 37 842
London & Quadrant Housing Trust 107 107
Metropolitan Housing Trust 667 108 24 16 815
Orbit Group 9 9
Origin Housing 12 44 1 57
Orwell Housing Association  15 15
Papworth Trust 12 12
Paradise Housing Co-operative 11 11
Riverside Group 43 111 154
Sage Housing 7 14 21
Sanctuary Housing Association 503 503
Stonewater 1 27 28
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
bpha 8 18 26
Cambridgeshire Cottage Housing Society (no website) 8 8
CHS Group 343 33 112 488
Clarion Housing Association 99 56 155
Colne Housing Society 8 8
Empower Housing Association 7 7
Flagship Housing Group 112 20 132
Futures Homescape 2 2
Hastoe Housing Association 93 25 118
Heylo Housing 23 23
Havebury Housing Partnership 18 14 32
Hundred Houses Society 89 22 111
Longhurst Group 46 65 21 132
Mary Hatch Almshouses with Diamond Jubilee Cottages (takes you to Charity Commission listing) 6 6
Metropolitan Housing Trust 63 9 9 81
Muir Group 1 1
Orbit Group & Orbit South 34 4 38
Papworth Trust 5 5
Progress Housing Association 6 6
Saffron Housing Trust 5 1 6
Sanctuary & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 3,228 61 951 110 4,350
Sovereign Housing Association 1 1
Stonewater 25 11 36
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
Accent Housing 362 53 15 430
Anchor Hanover Group 27 27
Bespoke Supportive Tenancies 12 12
bpha 2 3 5
Catalyst Housing 4 4
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus) 14 26 40
Chrysalis Supported 3 3
CHS Group 180 28 1 209
Clarion Housing Association 3,578 419 89 4,086
Cotman Housing Association 5 5
Cross Keys Homes 34 6 40
First Priority Housing Association 3 3
Flagship Housing Group 3 3
Funding Affordable Homes 1 1
Futures Homescape 9 9
Golden Lane Housing 6 6
Home Group 75 21 16 112
Housing 21 31 31
Hundred Houses Society 35 1 36
Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company 23 23
Longhurst Group 203 23 60 27 313
Metropolitan Housing Trust 59 1 60
Muir Group Housing Association 98 20 7 125
My Space Housing Solutions 7 7
Orbit Group 1 1
Papworth Trust 14 14
Places for People Homes & Places for People  Living+ 1 14 15
Reside Housing Association 18 18
Saffron Housing Trust 1 1
Sanctuary Housing & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 145 18 130 5 298
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
Accent Housing 42o 63 13 496
Anchor Hanover Group 189 189
Bespoke Supportive Tenancies 7 7
bpha 631 13 265 909
Catalyst Housing 49 49
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus) 5,380 40 538 152 6,110
CHS Group 282 6 64 352
Clarion Housing Association 109 17 126
Cotman Housing Association 30 30
Cross Keys Homes 272 104 376
Dimensions (UK) 5 5
Golden Lane Housing 6 6
Guinness Partnership 68 23 91
Hastoe Housing Association 37 10 47
Havebury Housing Partnership 50 17 67
Heylo Housing 49 49
Home Group 18 18
Housing 21 107 107
Hundred Houses Society 19 3 22
Hyde Housing Association 118 40 158
Longhurst Group 331 38 46 35 450
Metropolitan Housing Trust 314 29 55 398
Muir Group Housing Association 525 38 36 25 624
Orbit Group 1 1
Papworth Trust 33 33
Places for People & Places for People Living+ 69 11 8o
Progress Housing Association 3 3
Ramsey Welfare Charities (takes you to Charity Commission listing) 44 44
Reside Housing Association 32 32
Sage Housing 53 16 69
Salvation Army Housing Association 36 36
Stonewater 29 8 37
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
Accent Housing 1,366 189 122 1,677
Anchor Hanover Group 145 145
Bespoke Supportive Tenancies 6 6
bpha 348 191 539
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus) 17 17
Chrysalis Supported 14 14
Clarion Housing Association 383 7 390
Cross Keys Homes 8,667 75 1,224 464 10,430
First Priority Housing Association 40 40
Funding Affordable Homes 12 12
Golden Lane Housing 17 17
Grand Union Housing Group 1 1
Guinness Partnership 3 3
Habinteg Housing Association 7 7
Heylo Housing 17 17
Home Group 456 38 31 525
Housing 21 130 130
Hundred Houses Society 1 1
Hyde Housing Association 678 25 266 16 985
Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company 34 34
Longhurst Group 1,109 145 339 155 1,748
Muir Group 18 5 23
Orbit Group 6 6
Papworth Trust 36 36
Places for People Homes & Places for People Living+ 51 3 54
Saffron Housing Trust 1 1
Stonewater 1 1
Westmoreland Supported Housing 25 25
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
Accent Housing 242 103 345
Anchor Hanover Group 32 32
bpha 482 16 25 365 888
Cambridgeshire Cottage Housing Society (no website) 57 57
Catalyst Housing 49 9 58
Chorus Homes (previously Luminus) 44 31 75
CHS Group 578 60 172 810
Clarion Housing Association 526 9 123 658
Cross Keys Homes 20 9 29
Flagship Housing Group 188 15 100 303
Grand Union Housing Group 3 3
Guinness Partnership 32 2 34
Hastoe Housing Association 5 1 6
Havebury Housing Partnership 4 2 6
Heylo Housing 21 21
Hundred Houses Society 191 53 244
Longhurst Group 38 16 54
Metropolitan Housing Trust 672 47 125 844
Orbit Group & Orbit South 8 11 19
Papworth Trust 172 265 437
Paradigm Homes 10 10 20
Places for People Homes 78 51 129
Riverside Group 12 12
Saffron Housing Trust 1 1
Sage Housing 14 6 20
Sanctuary Housing & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 29 34 74 12 149
Stonewater 54 23 77
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
Anchor Hanover Group 176 176
bpha 6 13 18 37
Broadland Housing Association 91 91
Catalyst Housing 1 1
CHS Group 10 10
Clarion Housing Association 107 115 222
Co-op Homes (South) 3 3
Cotman Housing Association 53 2 55
Estuary Housing Association 1 1
Flagship Housing Group 3,827 76 426 291 4,620
Golden Lane Housing 6 6
Hastoe Housing Association 37 17 54
Havebury Housing Partnership 5,647 101 277 137 6,162
Home Group 18 18
Housing 21 120 120
Metropolitan Housing Trust 151 17 26 194
Orbit Group & Orbit South 287 40 80 81 488
Orwell Housing Association 135 13 148
Papworth Trust 1 1
Reside Housing Association 13 13
Riverside Group 16 57 73
Saffron Housing Trust 4 1 5
Sage Housing 14 20 34
Sanctuary Housing Association & Sanctuary Affordable Housing 185 87 34 42 348
Stonewater 226 9 235
YMCA Trinity Group 26 26 (checking)
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!