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Strategies and policies

Wiltshire Council is committed to providing excellent housing services. One of our key priorities is to ensure that we make best use of existing stock and that, working with our partners, we increase the supply of decent new affordable homes in Wiltshire.  

Wiltshire is a large rural authority and is part of several housing markets. It is on the whole an affluent area with high and rising property values. The aims and priorities for strategic housing in Wiltshire over the next five years have been developed through consultation with our customers, our community and our partners. These priorities complement and support wider national and regional priorities, including the Council's community plan. They are based on working in partnership with a range of individuals and agencies, including tenants' groups, and organisations in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

In this section, you can read about how the council's housing services are structured and find our strategic documents and overarching policies.

The community plan can be found in the download section.

Homelessness and housing options

The Homelessness Strategy sets out our commitment to the prevention and relief of homelessness in Wiltshire and describes the strategic direction of our homelessness services.


More information on our Domestic abuse policy


The Wilts Let scheme provides financial assistance to secure privately rented property for homeless households who are eligible for assistance and, in the majority of cases, in priority need.
More information Wilts let procedures


The Homelessness Prevention Fix-It Fund has been developed to support Wiltshire Council’s preventative approach to homelessness.
The fund allows officers to assess the household’s current situation and enable cost effective solutions to meet their housing needs.
You can find more information in the download section


Homeless Strategy Consultation

The consultation gives you the opportunity to have your say on the draft strategy.

Having a homeless strategy is required by the Homeless Reduction Act 2017 and as a part of its development, we have had regard to the homeless Code of Guidance. We have produced a full data review on homelessness in Wiltshire, which was developed alongside the homeless health needs assessment.


Our homeless strategy sets out our vision and aims as well as our key priorities to help prevent and reduce homelessness in Wiltshire.  The key priorities are:- 

  • To reduce rough sleeping
  • To identify and prevent homelessness at the earliest possible stage 
  • To ensure services are designed to prevent homelessness and support those who are homeless.
  • To ensure those who are threatened with homelessness or who are homeless can secure and keep a suitable home.
  • To maintain effective strategic direction and partnership working 

Each priority is supported by actions to enable the priorities to be achieved


We want your thoughts on the strategy, which we will consider in finalising the documents. The strategy will then be presented to Council in September 2019, followed by full Council in October 2019. 

The closing date for comments is 5pm 21 June 2019.


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Last updated: 5 August 2019 | Last reviewed: 5 August 2019