In September 2018, the Council held Public Consultations on three draft Strategies. These were The Older Persons’ Accommodation Strategy 2018-2023, The Tenancy Strategy 2019-2024 and The Empty Homes Strategy 2019-2024. At the Executive meeting held on 5 March 2019, all three strategies were approved for adoption.
The final versions of the Tenancy and Older Persons’ Accommodation Strategies are currently at the design stage in readiness for publication. However, you can still view the text of the documents as approved by the Executive. The Empty Homes Strategy 2019-2024 is available below.
Care and support accommodation strategy
The Housing Strategy 2012-17 committed the Council to preparing an Accommodation Strategy for vulnerable groups. Documents including the Learning Disabilities Accommodation Strategy below, form part of the overarching Care and Support Accommodation Strategy.
Learning disabilities accommodation strategy 2017-2022
All local authorities with strategic housing responsibilities need to plan to meet the housing needs of local residents. This strategy sets out the Council's aims in meeting the accommodation needs of people with learning disabilities.
- Learning disabilities accommodation strategy (PDF).
- Learning disabilities accommodation action plan (Excel) (reviewed in June 2018).
Mental Health Accommodation Strategy 2018-2023
All local authorities with strategic housing responsibilities need to plan to meet the housing needs of local residents. This strategy sets out the Council’s aims in meeting the accommodation needs of people with a mental health illness. To view the strategy, please click on the link below:
Homelessness strategy 2016-2021
The Homelessness Act 2002 sets out a legal duty that every five years all councils review their measures to prevent homelessness and the support available.
Following this review, we should produce a homelessness strategy based on those findings.
The feedback received via a recent consultation survey has helped inform the development of the Homelessness Strategy 2016 - 2021.
Our homelessness strategy is based around the following themes:
- Prevention - the prevention of homelessness
- Support - the provision of effective support to people who are homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
- Supply – to ensure that there is sufficient supply of accommodation for those at risk of homelessness and those who are homeless
The homelessness strategy will be delivered in partnership across a range of statutory and voluntary sector partners.
- Homelessness Strategy 2016-2021 (PDF)
- Homelessness Strategy Action Plan (PDF) reviewed November 2018
Empty homes strategy 2019-2024
The overall aim of Bedford Borough Council’s Empty Homes Strategy 2019-2024 is to bring long-term empty properties back into use.
Together with our partners we will seek innovative solutions to the problem and hence contribute towards increasing housing supply and improving local environments.
The Strategy is focused on residential properties in the local authority area that have been unoccupied for 12 months and more especially (although not exclusively), where they are causing significant problems to the local community.
Bedford strategic housing market assessment
Opinion Research Services (ORS) was commissioned by Bedford Borough Council to update the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and establish the Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing based on the most up to date information now available.
The purpose of the study is to support the local authorities in objectively assessing and evidencing the need for housing (both market and affordable) and to provide other evidence to inform local policies, plans and decision making.
Housing strategy 2012-2020
Housing impacts on many areas of everyday life. To make sure we provide the right housing services to meet local needs and priorities, we produce a strategy. When developing this strategy, we consult with members of the local community and our partners to make sure we take their views into account.
The result is our Housing Strategy for 2012-2020, a detailed assessment of current and future needs within Bedford Borough.
Our Housing Strategy is based around the following themes:
- housing needs and the housing market
- the provision of affordable housing and delivery of growth
- making best use of the existing housing stock
- homelessness and meeting the needs of vulnerable people
The strategy identifies a number of key objectives for each of the themes. Working towards these objectives will help us meet the existing and future housing needs of our communities.
- Housing Strategy 2012 - 2020 (PDF)
- Strategy Review action plan (PDF) updated to include current progress against targets in June 2019
Private sector housing
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.
Supporting People is a former national Government Programme which has now ended. However, Bedford Borough Council has kept its Supporting People Programme in place to continue to provide good quality housing related support to vulnerable people, to help them live as independently as possible within their community.
It aims to deliver high quality and strategically planned housing-related services which are cost effective and reliable, and complement existing care services.