Housing Development and Policy
Empty Homes Strategy
The draft Empty Homes Strategy for Bedford Borough Council
covers the period 2013-2016 and is an important element of the
Council's overarching Housing Strategy along with other strategies
and policies for preventing homelessness, allocations and tenancies
and private sector housing.
The key objectives for the strategy are:
To reduce the number of long-term empty homes in the Borough
To raise awareness of empty properties being a wasted
To improve the supply of decent affordable private sector rented
homes available for people in housing need
To consider whether initiating Compulsory Purchase Order is
appropriate and value for money
To maintain the data collected on empty homes
Bedford Borough Council welcomes your comments on the draft
Consultation on the Empty Homes Strategy starts on 25 March 2013
and the closing date for responses is 20 May 2013.
How to Have your Say
You can take part in the consultation in the following ways:
Complete an online response here: http://www.forms.bedford.gov.uk/emptyhomes/
Email your questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Jim Pollard on 01234 718583.
Or write to: Consulting Bedford, FREEPOST ANG5840, Bedford, MK40
Comments received through the consultation process will be fed
into the Empty Homes Strategy before it is considered at a future
meeting of the Executive. Summarised information from responses may
be published, but no individual details will be disclosed under
these circumstances. Should you respond to the consultation
document you will receive notification when the document has been
adopted and also how to access the final version.
Bedford Borough Council's Housing Strategy 2012-2017 succeeds
the previous strategy and has been fully revised to take into
account changes to funding at both national and local level as well
as updated assessments of housing need within the borough. It also
provides an opportunity for the council to review its housing
priorities and to identify key actions which need to be put in
place in order to deliver these.
To download a copy of the Strategy click
Private Sector Housing
Private Sector Stock Condition Survey
Bedford Borough Council commissioned CPC to
conduct a Private Sector House Stock Condition Survey (PSHCS) in
2011. PSHCS are conducted on a regular basis by Local
Authorities as a means of maintaining a detailed picture of housing
conditions in the private sector (owner occupied and privately
rented homes). This enables the Council to form a useful
evidence base on which to build strategies and to inform investment
Bedford Borough Council commissioned CPC to conduct a Private
Sector House Stock Condition Survey (PSHCS) in 2011. PSHCS
are conducted on a regular basis by Local Authorities as a means of
maintaining a detailed picture of housing conditions in the private
sector (owner occupied and privately rented homes). This
enables the Council to form a useful evidence base on which to
build strategies and to inform investment decisions.
To view the completed survey report please click
Private Sector Housing
||Bedford Borough Council completed a Private Sector Housing
Strategy in 2003. This document is currently under review.
Please click here
to download the document.
Bedfordshire and Luton Strategic
Housing Market Assessment
Opinion Research Services and Savills were commissioned to
undertake a comprehensive and integrated Strategic Housing Market
Assessment (SHMA) for the whole of the Bedfordshire and Luton
The study was undertaken to inform local policies, in particular
relating to the housing strategy and investment programme and
planning policies surrounding affordable housing provision more
generally, including the size and type of housing to be
provided. To download a copy of the SHMA click
Home and Communities Agency and Bedford Borough
Bedford Borough Council has
an excellent working relationship with the home and Communities
Agency, and has developed a local protocol which informs the
relationship between the two organisations.
It is important for three reasons:
1. an opportunity to show how Bedford is being proactive in
tackling local strategic housing issues;
2. an opportunity for Bedford to demonstrate positive partnership
working with the Housing Corporation to achieve balanced housing
markets and sustainable communities; and
3. an opportunity for cooperation between Bedford Borough Council
and the Housing Corporation to achieve joint aims.
here to download a copy of the protocol .
Bedford Borough Council is being proactive in tackling local
strategic housing issues and pursuing a range of initiatives to
simulate the housing market and continue to deliver over 200 new
affordable homes each year.
Bedford Borough Council is demonstrating positive partnership
working with the Homes and Communities Agency, Bedford Renaissance,
and other stakeholders in jointly promoting development and
regeneration schemes that meet local housing need and provide
economic regeneration in a balanced and sustainable way.
The Supporting People
programme is about offering vulnerable people the opportunity to
improve their quality of life by providing a stable environment
which enables greater independence. It aims to deliver high
quality and strategically planned housing-related services which
are cost effective and reliable, and complement existing care
There is currently consultation on the refreshed Supporting
People Strategy 2012-2017. For further information on the
Draft Strategy and the consultation
To access a copy of the Older People's Accommodation Strategy
Please click on the link below to be directed to the
Supporting People website.