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Housing Strategy

We deliver affordable housing in Carlisle through working with local housing associations and developers to bring forward affordable housing sites, as well as negotiating with private developers to ensure that a proportion of properties on all new developments are affordable homes.

We commissioned a Housing Need and Demand Study, which provided a comprehensive analysis of Carlisle's housing market. The report will be used to help ensure that our work, and the new housing we deliver, reflect the need and demands of our residents. You can see an Executive Summary of the report below. For a full version, please contact a member of the housing team.

Our Housing Strategy 2012-16, developed through the Carlisle Housing Partnership, was completed in March 2012. Our Housing Strategy sets out the housing-related challenges that our district faces, and in turn identifies the actions we will take to overcome these challenges. If you wish to view the Strategy, and find out more about the work, please go to the Carlisle Housing Strategy 2012-16 page.

Carlisle City Council also participated in the development of the Cumbria Housing Strategy & Investment Plan 2011 - 2015. This is viewable at the foot of the page, as can the City Council's Homelessness Strategy.

Carlisle Housing Partnership

The Carlisle Housing Partnership (CHP) was re-launched in November 2010.  It comprises of an Executive, and three thematic groups, based on Carlisle's strategic housing priorities:

  • The Housing Market group
  • The Decent and Healthy Homes group
  • The Supporting Vulnerable People group (CHIP).

The purpose of the partnership is to bring together all those who have a stake in Carlisle's housing environment, to work effectively together to deliver Carlisle's housing priorities.

The CHP is part of Carlisle's wider Partnership. CHP's three thematic groups feed into the Carlisle Housing Partnership Executive; the chair of the Executive then reports to the Carlisle Partnership Executive. You can see how the CHP sits in relation to the Local Strategic Partnership clicking the relevant link at the bottom of the page.

The minutes of all CHP meetings are published online, and are available below. 


Developing affordable housing in Carlisle

In order to meet the housing needs of its residents, Carlisle City Council continually strives towards the delivery of affordable housing in the district. 

Housing Need and Demand

Housing Need and Demand Surveys

Housing need surveys identify the number of new homes required in a particular location to meet the level of demand, and also the need for additional affordable housing, or housing required by particular groups, such as Extra Care housing for elderly people. 

The term “Affordable Housing” relates to homes for social rent or affordable rent (usually through a Housing Association – e.g. Riverside; Impact; Two Castles; Home) and also low cost home ownership products, including shared ownership (again, usually through a Housing Association) or discounted sale (through the City Council’s register). 

Housing need and demand surveys can vary significantly in scale, from “higher level” surveys, identifying the need and demand across a larger area (e.g. the whole of Carlisle District) or more localised surveys, providing a “fine grain” analysis - typically in rural areas at parish level.  The level of housing need identified in parish surveys can appear lower, as this is based only upon actual responses to the questionnaire (typically around 30%); whereas larger sample surveys use ‘weighted’ data to assess the housing need across the whole population.

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