Housing priorities

Housing priorities: working together

Housing is key to everyone’s health, wellbeing and employment opportunities. Good quality housing is also vital for a thriving local economy.

Across Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Forest Heath,  Huntingdonshire, Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire and St Edmundsbury, the Housing Board works with partners to share learning and experience to:

  • Deliver new homes and communities to support economic success.
  • Ensure homes and services support better health and wellbeing.
  • Improve standards in existing homes and encourage best use of all homes.
  • Identify and meet housing need, extend housing choice and tackle homelessness.

These are the Housing Board’s four priorities, all of which will only be achieved by working closely with our partners.

Many issues are very local and are best addressed by district councils, housing partners and communities themselves – but some are shared across a wider area and this is where collaboration can really help. Some partners have a role and a business plan which covers a broad area and cuts across district boundaries.

A page for each priority sets out the data we use to identify local issues; strategies, projects and plans in place; and some of the partners involved…

New homes and communities

  • Building new homes: past delivery and planning for the future
  • Understanding our local housing market, particularly housing affordability
  • Delivering new homes in new ways.

Homes for wellbeing

  • Understanding the links between housing, health and social care
  • Supporting delivery of homes which support health and wellbeing
  • Securing homes for older people and for people with disabilities
  • Understanding build standards to help people who need a specifically designed home, and to make all new homes useful to their occupants.

Existing homes

  • It’s not all about new build: the importance of existing homes
  • Understanding the condition of our housing stock, of whatever type
  • Investigating fuel poverty especially in older homes
  • Working with projects like Building Better Opportunities and Work Routes to help residents access work opportunities.

Housing need

  • Working with our partners work to identify and meet housing need
  • Helping people access affordable housing through the Home-Link system and Help to Buy for low cost home ownership
  • Preventing and tackling homelessness, including through our homelessness trailblazer project
  • Standing up against domestic violence, with our partners.