Housing policies

Housing strategy

We want to enable more new homes and for all housing to be of a quality, type and size which meets the needs of our urban, rural and coastal communities and supports economic growth.

To deliver this, we're a member of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Strategic Housing Partnership.  We've been involved in the development of a joint Housing Strategy which sets out the priorities for housing growth and delivery from 2015 to 2021. Specifically for our district, we've developed a Selby Action Plan.

The strategy's key priorities

  1. Work with partners to increase the supply of good quality new housing across all tenures and locations (in line with Local Plans/site allocations).
  2. Ensure our housing stock reflects the needs of urban, rural and coastal communities.
  3. Ensure our housing stock meets the diverse needs of our population at all stages of their lives.
  4. Via policy guidance and negotiation, ensure new homes are of good design and environmental quality regardless of tenure.
  5. Continue to make best use of our existing stock and ensure it's of a decent quality to meet the needs of our communities.
  6. Ensure all homes have a positive impact on health and well being and are affordable to run.
  7. Continue to reduce homelessness.
  8. Ensure housing is allocated fairly and on the basis of need.
  9. Provide appropriate housing and support

Homelessness strategy and action plan

We're committed to maintaining and extending our partnership approach to homelessness prevention, together with key local agencies and the voluntary sector,.  We've got a Homelessness Strategy for the district, and a supporting action plan.

North yorkshire tenancy strategy

See the North Yorkshire Tenancy Strategy

Our tenancy policy

Read our Tenancy Policy - 2013

Tenancy Policy 2013 (Refreshed 2015)

Housing revenue account business plan

Read our housing revenue account business plan 2012-2017

Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2012-17 (Refreshed 2015)


Housing development strategy

Read our housing development strategy 2013

Empty homes strategy

The strategy forms an important part of the our Programme for Growth, an investment programme to tackle the things that matter the most to the community. Through the strategy we will target homes that have been empty for a long time and are inactive in the housing market, and also those which are unlikely to return to use without intervention.

Read our empty homes strategy 2017-2021 - pdf

This strategy aims to:

  • identify empty properties;
  • raise awareness of the problems regarding empty homes; and
  • reduce adverse impacts on neighbourhoods through bringing empty homes back into effective use.