Bolton is a 'Homes for the Future' Beacon Authority

Strategic Housing Services and the Housing Strategy

Strategic Housing Services is a section of the Development and Regeneration Department within Bolton Council.

The role of Strategic Housing Services is:

  • To understand all housing issues within the local authority area, as well as the influence of regional and national agendas on Bolton
  • To carry out and commission research on our own and with partner organisations to provide and in depth understanding of key issues
  • To work in partnership to deliver customer focused housing services for the people of Bolton
  • To develop policy and strategy across the spectrum of housing areas of work
    To monitor our partners in the delivery of housing services to promote continuous improvement

A key strength of our approach is that we engage with a number of partners to develop a joined up approach to delivering housing services. Our main partners are:

  • Bolton Community Homes – representing a wide ranging cross sector partnership of the local authority, housing and regeneration service providers, service users and developers in the Bolton area
  • Bolton at Home – are a registered charity providing social housing.  In March 2011, following a vote of support from tenants, Bolton at Home took over the ownership of the houses formerly owned by Bolton Council.  They now own and manage more than 18,000 homes in the borough

The Bolton Housing Strategy ‘Our Homes, Our Communities, Our Future’, aims to make certain that Bolton’s homes and housing services meet customer’s needs and aspirations, and ensure that all stakeholders clearly see Bolton’s vision for housing.

The strategy has been developed through consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and customers and has been endorsed by all of the strategic partners, including the Bolton Community Homes Partnership. A joint working approach has been taken in developing the strategy and action plan, and partnerships are a key element of its implementation.

There are several challenges for housing in Bolton, which are addressed through the strategy and its action plan. These are identified as; Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Private Sector Housing, Aging Population, Environment, Worklessness and Community Cohesion.

Our Strategic Housing Priorities for the period 2008 to 2011 are:

  • To provide housing that is affordable and offers choice whilst meeting the needs and demands of the future
  • To create and promote communities that are sustainable and inclusive
  • To improve the quality of private sector housing
  • To promote health, well-being and quality of life
  • To strengthen our partnership approach to improve housing, services and communities

Throughout these pages you can find out more about our research and strategies, some of which are available to download.

Strategic Housing Services

The Wellsprings

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1US

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