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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. 

Deliver affordable housing

In conjunction with local housing associations, we bid for funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to develop affordable housing schemes.  These developments have to meet an identified need in the Carlisle district, as well as meeting HCA priorities, such as being highly energy efficient.  We have recently been awarded funding to develop sites at Gelt Rise, Brampton and Seatoller, Morton.

We make land available at discounted prices to enable local associations to develop affordable housing schemes.  The scheme at Gelt Rise is on land released for affordable housing to Two Castles Housing Association by the Council.

We negotiate an affordable housing contribution on most new developments, working with policies H5 and H6 from the Carlisle District Local Plan. 

  • Policy H5 states that an affordable housing contribution of 30% of the units is required on any proposed development of 10 or more dwellings.  In rural areas, the contribution will be:

    1. 25% of housing on large sites (over 0.8ha or 25 dwellings)

    2. 20% of housing on medium sites (over 0.3ha or 10 dwellings)

    3. 10% of housing on small sites (over 0.1ha or 3 units)

    All affordable units should be provided at a discount of 25-30% of market value units.

  • Policy H6 requires that, should a developer wish to build on a rural exception site, all the units need to be affordable.

 Contact Details

  01228 817200

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