Buckinghamshire Housing Strategy 2024 to 2029 consultation

Closed 18 Jan 2024

Opened 8 Nov 2023

Feedback updated 23 Apr 2024

We asked

We asked for your views on the priorities and actions in our draft Housing Strategy.  

The consultation ran from 8 November 2023 to 18 January 2024. 

You said

We received 161 responses to the consultation:  

  • 135 from individuals 
  • 26 on behalf of an organisation 

Priority 1: Responding to the needs of our diverse population; 

  • 73% strongly agreed or agreed with this priority 
  • 11% neither agreed nor disagreed 
  • 10% disagreed 
  • 6% strongly disagreed 

47% felt we have identified the right actions to achieve this priority. 

Priority 2: Better homes: good quality, sustainable and matched to need; 

  • 79% strongly agreed or agreed with this priority 
  • 10% neither agreed nor disagreed 
  • 5% disagreed 
  • 6% strongly disagreed 

55% felt we have identified the right actions to achieve this priority. 

Priority 3: New homes: affordable, accessible and appropriate; 

  • 66% strongly agreed or agreed with this priority 
  • 19% neither agreed nor disagreed 
  • 6% disagreed 
  • 8% strongly disagreed 
  • 1% didn’t know 

48% felt we have identified the right actions to achieve this priority. 

We received comments on the following themes: 

  • prioritising affordable housing 
  • developing supporting infrastructure  
  • associated climate change issues 
  • protecting green space 
  • quality of construction, design and energy efficiency  
  • clear priorities for housing vulnerable people 

The following suggestions were made: 

  • to have a specific affordable housing definition 
  • to create our own housing development company to develop affordable housing 
  • to increase the target of 500 new affordable homes per year 

View the full responses in the Consultation Report (PDF 0.45MB).  

For more information, including our responses please see the Report for Buckinghamshire Housing Strategy (PDF 0.19MB)  

We did

As a result of the consultation some changes were made to the strategy. View the changes made to the Buckinghamshire Housing Strategy (PDF 0.06MB) 

On 5 March 2024 Cabinet approved the proposed amendments to the strategy.  

On 17 April 2024  Buckinghamshire Council approved the Buckinghamshire Housing Strategy 2024 – 2029 (PDF 20MB)


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We want to hear your views on our draft Housing Strategy for Buckinghamshire.

We want everyone to have a suitable, secure and affordable place to live – our Housing Strategy shows what we will do to make this happen.

The strategy sets out:

  • the housing challenges and opportunities in Buckinghamshire
  • our approach to tackling housing needs
  • how we will work together with all the partners involved in delivering housing in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Council is not itself a housing landlord – we do not let or manage any affordable housing. Instead, we play a role in enabling new affordable housing development and ensuring that Registered Providers and private landlords provide an affordable and well maintained housing stock.

This will be Buckinghamshire’s first countywide Housing Strategy.

We want to hear your views on our draft priorities and actions.

Priorities and actions

To achieve the strategy, we have created 3 equally important draft priorities:

  • responding to the needs of our diverse population
  • better homes: good quality, sustainable and matched to need
  • new homes: affordable, accessible and appropriate

Each priority includes:

  • what we will do to achieve it
  • the challenges Buckinghamshire faces
  • actions we are doing now
  • proposed actions for up to 2029

How the strategy has been developed

The strategy has been developed with a wide range of partners and we will continue working together to deliver it.

We have:

  • built on the work of the Buckinghamshire Affordable Housing Statement adopted in May 2022.
  • worked with housing and voluntary organisations to better understand key housing issues in Buckinghamshire
  • reviewed population information and housing information to understand demand, conditions and affordability.

Other strategies supporting housing in Buckinghamshire

The Housing Strategy is one of our plans to make sure everyone has a suitable, secure and affordable place to live.

Our other plans and policies include:

Related documents and links

Before you respond to this activity, please have a look at the following documents and links:

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

If you have any questions about this consultation, please email us at housingconsulteecomments@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

We have extended the timescales of this consultation. Please tell us your views by midnight on Thursday 18 January 2024.

What happens next

We will review all the responses we receive and use this feedback to update the Housing Strategy. The strategy will then be presented to Buckinghamshire Council’s Council for approval. The feedback will also be used to guide and inform the annual Housing Strategy action plans.


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