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Housing policies and strategies

Housing Policies

Click on the name of each policy to download it

Civil Penalties policy - contains information abut civil penalties in the private rented sector and how the Council is planning to use them. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Council's Housing Enforcement policy.

Commuted Sums (Affordable Housing) policy - sets out how the Council will spend commuted sums that have been paid in lieu of affordable housing provision.

Housing Enforcement policy - provides an overview of the principles and processes used to decide whether to take enforcement action.

Local Lettings policy - sets out restrictions on housing association lettings in Cockermouth and the part of Allerdale inside the Lake District National Park.

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register policy - details the Council's approach to administering the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding register.

Social Housing Allocations in Allerdale statement - sets out how general needs social housing for rent is allocated in Allerdale.

Housing Strategy

The council is the strategic housing authority in the borough. Therefore we have devised a housing strategy to meet the future housing needs of our residents. This came after we carried out a large study into what the local housing needs currently are which informed our housing strategy. The full strategy can be found in the documents section below.

Why devise a strategy?

There has never been a more important time for us to deal with housing issues in Allerdale. We have an ageing population and a strong economy, with high demand for housing, and rising rents and house prices. 

Significant housing growth is required in and around the borough to provide sufficient homes for people to live in and for businesses and local services to continue to thrive.

At the same time, we need to meet the challenges of a shortfall of affordable housing and welfare changes to maintain existing communities, and ensure that they can link with and benefit from the advantages arising from housing growth.

The strategy includes a vision statement setting out the vision for housing in Allerdale and the actions we will take to achieve this. it also includes a summary of the challenges that Allerdale is facing in relation to housing.

There are three areas of housing delivery considered in the strategy, and each area has its own aims and priorities:

  • Housing Need, Demand and Future Development
  • Private Sector Housing
  • Housing Options and Homeless Prevention