Housing Allocations Review

​This consultation is now closed.


Currently only households with a ‘housing need’ as defined by the Housing Allocations Policy can apply for social housing in the area. Examples of a ‘housing need’ include:

  • Needing to move to suitable accommodation because of health reasons
  • Needing to move for work purposes
  • Needing to move because of overcrowding in a customers existing home 
    (Note: This doesn’t apply to people aged 55 years and over who can apply for sheltered housing even if they do not currently have a housing need defined by the policy.)

A comprehensive list of ‘housing need’ as defined by the Housing Allocations Policy can be found on pages 15 and 16 of the policy document.

What we are consulting on

The Council and it's partners (Plus Dane Housing, Sanctuary Housing and Weaver Vale Housing Trust) are considering allowing all households the right to go on the Housing List for social housing because there is a limited demand for some property types in the area. If the waiting list is open to all, a system of prioritisation will still be applied and people with no priority or no ‘housing need’ will only be considered if no one with a housing need has expressed an interest in a property advertised.

We want to know that you think about our ideas for broadening the criteria for housing allocations.

How to get involved

To give us your views please read through the Housing Allocations Policy below and complete the feedback questionnaire, either online or paper copy by Sunday, 16 May 2016. You can request paper copies of the documents by contacting the Housing Strategy Team.

Other ways to take part

  • Email: housingstrategy@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0151 356 6410 and ask to speak to a member of the Housing Strategy Team
  • By post: Housing Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE

What will my views be used for

Your feedback will be used to help inform possible future changes to the criteria for the Housing Allocations Policy.

Further information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:


Latest documents