Enabling new affordable housing


The Enabling team are part of the Council's Strategic Housing section and one of the main functions of this team is to enable the increase in the supply of affordable housing within the City.

The new Affordable Housing Planning Document provides guidance to developers on the delivery of affordable housing in Worcester.

The scheme shown to the right is Elbury Mount in Worcester which is a development built through partnership Housesworking by West Mercia Housing, Housing Corporation, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council. This development provided new residential housing for over 80 households for private sale, rent and shared ownership tenures.

Affordable housing is provided to meet the needs of those who are unable to buy or rent housing generally on the open market. In Worcester this normally takes the form of social rented or shared ownership through a Housing Association. As Councils are no longer allowed to build new homes we work closely with housing associations and private developers to enable the build of new affordable housing.


The key activities of the enabling section are:

  • identifying local housing needs and demands (click here to order a copy of our Housing Requirements Study)
  • supporting the provision of affordable housing
  • Preferred Development Partners We work with preferred partner housing associations to provide affordable housing in the City – click here to find out more.
  • Publication List  - please click here to download/purchase copies of Strategic Housing publications.