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Housing strategies and policies

The council is responsible for producing and enabling the delivery of Durham's Housing Strategy. The strategy will set out the key priorities for the county.

The Strategy will highlight how the council and our partners will deliver the ambition of 'creating sustainable places where people want to live, work, visit and invest'.

It also ensures that the national and regional housing issues are addressed by developing and contributing towards other strategies and policies. These include:

Durham Housing strategy

A new housing strategy for County Durham was approved in November 2010. The development of the new housing strategy included the production of three key documents, an issues and options paper, a delivery plan and an action and investment plan.

Issues and options paper

Download our Icon for pdf Housing strategy issues and options (PDF, 4.0mb) , which sets the main priorities for housing across County Durham and identifies three key objectives, reflecting what we consider to be the key components of building 'Altogether Better' lives through housing. These objectives are: 

  • Altogether Better Housing Markets
  • Altogether Better Housing Standards
  • Altogether Better at Housing People

Housing strategy delivery plan

Icon for pdf Housing strategy delivery plan (PDF, 3.8mb)  sets out what we intend to do to meet the main housing priorities set out in the Action and Investment Plan. If you would like it in an alternative format, please contact us.

Action and investment plan

The Action and Investment Plan is essentially a compendium of all key activity being undertaken by ourselves and our partners to deal with the housing issues across the county. This is a live document and is therefore updated regularly to reflect recent changes. If you would like a copy of the plan, please get in touch with us using the contact details below.

Housing strategy

Download the Icon for pdf Housing strategy executive summary (PDF, 1.8mb) .

Local investment plan (LIP)

The Icon for pdf Local investment plan (PDF, 2.1mb)  sets out the County's strategic objectives for housing and regeneration to inform and prioritise investment.

The plan has been agreed with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the national regeneration agency for England and Wales.

Tenancy strategy

Download our  Icon for pdf Tenancy strategy (PDF, 395.4kb) . For further information, please speak with a member of the housing strategy team.

The homelessness strategy

Download our  Icon for pdf Homelessness strategy (PDF, 1.5mb) . For further information on the strategy, please contact our Housing Solutions Service.

Housing solutions policy

Please see our Icon for pdf Housing solutions policy (PDF, 1.0mb)  which outlines our legal requirements and how we have put these requirements into practice.

Council housing

The management of all council housing has been transferred to Housing Associations.


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