Housing strategies

Housing strategy, tenancy strategy and homelessness strategy are all important to Westminster City Council.

1. Housing Strategy

Housing Strategy 2015 - direction of travel statement
Draft Housing Strategy 2015
Draft Housing Strategy summary 2015
Westminster Housing Market Analysis Final report
Westminster Housing Market Analysis Summary report
LHMS Ecorys report
Housing Strategy press release

The council’s Housing Strategy - direction of travel statement sets out the general direction the council wants to go in with regard to housing. It also summarises responses received to the housing strategy consultation in summer 2015.  A full housing strategy will be published once the impact of national housing policy changes on the council’s housing plans are clearer. You can also read a fuller summary of responses to the consultation.

For any further information about the statement contact Cecily Herdman:

Email: cherdman@westminster.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7641 2789
Address: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP

2. Tenancy Policy

The City Council’s Tenancy Policy sets out its approach to flexible tenancies (brought in by the Localism Act 2011) in its own housing stock. The policy follows the principles of the Tenancy Strategy (which is a guide to all social housing with stock in Westminster in their approach to fixed term tenure). The Tenancy Policy also sets out the City Council’s general approach to tenancy management and housing fraud.

For any further information about the Tenancy Policy contact Cecily Herdman:

Post: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
Telephone: 020 7641 2789
Email: cherdman@westminster.gov.uk

3. Leaseholder Policy for Regeneration Areas

The City Council’s Policy for Leaseholders in Housing Renewal Areas sets out the financial compensation and rehousing options for leaseholders where their properties are identified for demolition as part of the housing renewal programme.  

For any further information about the policy contact; Cecily Herdman:

​Post: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP
Telephone: 020 7641 2789
Email: cherdman@westminster.gov.uk

4. Tenancy Strategy

The council has published a Tenancy Strategy setting out its approach to fixed term tenure and rent increases for higher earning social housing tenants. In line with the Localism Act 2011, all social landlords in Westminster are expected to have regard to the strategy when developing or updating policies for their own housing stock.

For any further information about the strategy contact Cecily Herdman:

Post: Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP  
Telephone: 020 7641 2789
Email: cherdman@westminster.gov.uk

5. Affordable Rent Statement

In September 2011, the council developed an interim Affordable Rent Statement setting out the rent levels it supports. The statement is expected to guide Private Registered Providers (Housing Associations) when they are setting their rent levels.  The statement will be regularly reviewed and will be incorporated into the City Council’s Tenancy Strategy in 2012.

For more information about the Affordable Rent Statement contact Fergus Coleman, Housing Association Supply Manager:

Email: fcoleman@westminster.gov.uk 
Telephone: 020 7641 2129

6. Homelessness Strategy

Westminster first published a Homelessness Strategy in 2003. This was updated in 2004 and 2008. The strategy sets out how the council manages and responds to homelessness within the city. Click on the links below to view the main document and the two updates.

Homelessness Strategy 2003 - 2008
Homelessness Strategy update 2004 / 05
Homelessness Strategy update 2008 / 10


Last updated: 10 February 2016
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