Strategic Housing Services works to a number of key strategies and documents to make sure that we achieve our aims and make sure our vision becomes a reality.

Our Aims 

The key aims of Strategic Housing Services are to;

  • Assess local housing needs and understand the local housing market.
  • Develop effective partnerships to increase the supply of affordable housing.
  • Prevent and minimize homelessness.
  • Improve conditions in the private sector.
  • Enable people to live independently in their own homes.

Strategies & Policies



pdf Private Sector Stock Conditions Survey 2015 (8.15 MB) This report provides a review of the current condition of private dwellings across the city, to assess the impact of recent policies and initiatives, and to enable informed decisions to be made relating to future private sector housing policies and potential intervention programmes.

pdf Housing Assistance Policy (296 KB)

The Housing Assistance Policy, sets out the basis on which an agent working on behalf of Worcester City Council will offer financial assistance for works of repair or renewal in the private housing sector.  The document outlines a range of financial assistance and the key objective of the policy is to assist vulnerable people to achieve decent, suitable and affordable homes in sustainable communities. It is to be read in conjunction with the City Council's Private Sector Housing Renewal Strategy which is currently being updated and subject to review.

pdf Housing Enforcement Policy (286 KB)

The Housing Act 2004 introduced powers for local authorities to assess housing conditions and contained a package of enforcement measures. These powers, together with other legislation such as the Housing Act 1985 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977, can be used to tackle poor housing conditions. The purpose of the enforcement policy is to outline the Council's approach to tackling poor housing conditions particularly in the private sector and the approach we will take when considering enforcement action ensuring that we deal with everyone in a consistent and fair way.

Officers will continue to follow Covid-19 guidance and continue to consider, on a case by case basis, any Covid-19 related reasonable difficulties which landlords have found while meeting their legal obligations.

pdf Worcestershire Strategic  Housing Partnership Plan  (7.91 MB)

The Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan (Plan) is the overarching document setting the strategic direction for housing across Worcestershire. It recognises that to maximise the health, wealth and wellbeing of the residents of Worcestershire and make the most effective use of existing resources, we need to work very closely with partner organisations across a range of sectors. 

An annual update on progress is reported with the publication of an annual state of the nation plan.

pdf Worcester City Tenancy Strategy (891 KB)

In response to the Localism Act (2012), the Worcester City Tenancy Strategy has been developed:

  • To ensure that affordable housing meets local housing need
  • To provide guidance and direction to RP partners in the development of their tenancy policies
  • To provide a framework for up to date knowledge of the housing market in Worcestershire that can then be used to inform policy and practice
  • To indicate to tenants and prospective tenants what they can expect from their tenancy

pdf Private Sector Housing Strategy (8.87 MB)

The Worcester City Private Sector Renewal Strategy sets out how we will improve conditions within the private sector and enable people to remain in their own homes.

pdf Private Sector Housing Strategy Action Plan Extension (7.15 MB)

Extension of the Worcester City Housing Strategy Action Plan until 2022

Private Sector Renewal Strategy Progress on delivery of year 4 actions.         

pdf Worcestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (290 KB)

Currently being updated

pdf Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (310 KB)

The Act requires that every energy conservation authority prepares a report to send to the Secretary of State. The report will be required to be published on the authorities website with a link sent to the Secretary of State by the specified date.

"The report shall set out energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area"

Definitions- "energy conservation authority" means a local housing authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985 "energy conservation measures" includes information, advice, education, promotion, making grants and loans and carrying out works "residential accommodation" means premises occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling and forming the whole or part of a building

pdf Private Sector Housing Research Project 2012  (414 KB)

This report has been prepared following an instruction from Worcester City Council to undertake an investigation into the best use of a commuted sum arising through Planning Obligations made under section 106 (as amended) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The brief includes a specific requirement to give an indication of the level of spend required for each proposal along with: Empty Properties,Licensing,Delivery of New Affordable Housing Units on Identified Sites and Access to Home Ownership.   

pdf Worcestershire Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-22 (12.79 MB)

The Worcestershire Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-22 has been written to expand on the high level actions within the Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan and in response to the new duties of the HRA (which were not known in as much detail at the time of developing the WHPP).

It is also recognised that to be effective, a strategic homelessness prevention response will need to be developed and owned jointly with partners who will be responsible for its delivery.

This document provides an opportunity to develop an effective implementation plan, with partners, to help ensure that the objectives set out in the homelessness strategy are achieved.  This work will be carried out by the Worcester Homelessness Steering Group.

On 13 August 2018, the Government published a new national Rough Sleeping Strategy which sets out its vision to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027. 

It requires all local authorities in England to update their homelessness strategies and rebadge them as homelessness and rough sleeper strategies by the end of 2019. 

The refreshed strategies must have a stronger emphasis on rough sleeping.  Local authorities are also required to publish annual action plans and report on progress.

During 2019, a multi agency project team refreshed Worcestershire’s homelessness strategy - previously known as the Worcestershire Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness 2018-2021.

The Worcestershire Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-2022 replaces the Worcestershire Strategic Direction for Tackling Homelessness 2018-2021.

It was made publicly available for consultation from 24 April until 19th June 2018. A countywide Stakeholder event was also held at Wyre Forest District Council on 22nd May 2018.