The purpose of the website is to help you to understand whether you are entitled to join one of Wiltshire Council’s housing lists and your prospects for re-housing.
Homes4Wiltshire is a partnership between Wiltshire Council and about 30 housing associations providing affordable homes in Wiltshire Council’s area. Together, Wiltshire Council and its housing association partners manage thousands of properties in Wiltshire Council’s area. Affordable homes may be rented properties, shared ownership (part-rent, part-buy) or discounted sale properties. The majority of homes advertised by Homes4Wiltshire are at social rents or affordable rents (80% market rents) and increasing numbers are fixed term tenancies. The government, at the time of updating this page, is planning to introduce fixed term tenancies for all lettings by Wiltshire Council and other local authority landlords.
Choice Based Lettings schemes like Homes4Wiltshire operate by means of ‘bids’ or expressions of interest in properties offered in each weekly advertising cycle from registered housing applicants on the Homes4Wiltshire website. Homes are available for bidding to registered housing applicants on Homes4Wiltshire each week from Thursday to the following Monday evening.
The demand for affordable rented homes in Wiltshire Council’s area greatly exceeds supply except in some rural areas. Rented one bedroom properties and houses are general highly sought after, particularly in the Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge areas. Older persons’ homes where there is an age qualification (50, 55 or 60 years depending upon landlord) and 2 bedroom flats above the ground floor are in low demand in some areas.
The Housing Register is the list of people in housing need under the council’s New Allocation Policy. The Allocation Policy is a legal document which is formally adopted by the council for the allocation of affordable homes. It is the fairest and most transparent way for the council to decide who is in housing need and how applicants ought to be prioritised for re-housing, taking into account its legal obligation to give priority to certain groups, for example, the homeless and those living in overcrowded conditions.
The current Allocation Policy was implemented in early 2015 and it reflects the preferences of local people. People whom the council considers have no housing need may join the Open Market Register, an alternative housing list for alternative housing solutions - please see below for more information about the Open Market Register. Applicants are banded according to the level of their housing need: Band 1, Band 2, Band 3 and Band 4. Most applicants are placed in Bands 3 or 4: at the time of writing, there are only about 150 households in Bands 1 and 2 compared to many hundreds in Bands 3 and 4.
A key change made in the new Allocation Policy in 2015 is that applicants with local connections to parishes where properties are advertised are more likely to be offered these properties than applicants without connections to those parishes. An applicant may be in a 'low' band and bid successfully for a property over someone in a 'higher' band because s/he has a local connection to the parish in which the property is located - see ‘Bidding and Local Connections to Parishes’ on the 'How Does Homes4Wiltshire Work?' page.
Important News: Housing Allocations Consultation 2017
The way the council and housing providers in Wiltshire Council’s area operates the housing list is heavily influenced by legislation and following the Localism Act 2011 we completely reviewed our policy as we were given greater freedom to design policies and procedures to suit local people. This policy has now been in place for 2 years and as a partnership we felt it was time to carry out a further review to make the policy more efficient and make amendments based on feedback being received.
With this in mind, we have recommended some changes to our allocations policy to ensure that our practices truly reflect housing needs in the local community and the views of those using the policy.
We would like to consider your comments on the proposed changes. Please tell us your thoughts by completing the online survey, which should take no longer than five to ten minutes to complete. Your answers will be used to help shape the changes and will be treated in confidence.
For a copy of the Draft New Allocation please click here.
Open Market Register
The Open Market Register is aimed at those who are interested in Low Cost Home Ownership including discounted sale or shared ownership property (part-rent/part-buy) and Low demand affordable rented properties including older people’s accommodation, some 2 bed flats above the ground floor and some rural properties. Wiltshire Council is keen to promote discounted sale and other Low Cost Home Ownership Options and details of forthcoming housing developments may be found by Community Area on Wiltshire Council's main website. Further information about Low Cost Home Ownership may be found on other pages on this website including the Low Cost Home Ownership page.
We advertise Low Cost Home Ownership properties continuously under the Property Search tab above. To inquire about particular properties, interested parties - once registered with Homes4Wiltshire - may contact Homes4Wiltshire at the number below or the housing association concerned directly.
Housing Register applicants with a connection to Wiltshire Council’s area who do not qualify to join the Housing Register are entitled to join the Open Market Register as long as they have no unmanaged housing debts, have not been guilty of Anti-Social Behaviour in the past 12 months which would make them unsuitable as tenants and have a household income of less than £80,000 per annum. The procedure for registering on the Open Market Register is the same as for the Housing Register.
Alternatives to affordable rented housing
The demand for affordable rented housing in Wiltshire Council’s area is high and you may wish to consider other housing options. For private rented accommodation, details of local letting and management agents may be found on the private rental page on the Wiltshire Council website. There are many websites advertising rooms to rent and private lets. For information about home ownership, please see our 'Low Cost Home Ownership' page.
Homes4Wiltshire continues to work to ensure the fair allocation of affordable housing in Wiltshire Council's area. If you have any feedback, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, our Customer Services team on 0300 456 0104 or by post at Homes4Wiltshire, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN
Many thanks for supporting Homes4Wiltshire. We will continue to work to assist and support applicants into suitable and sustainable affordable housing in 2016.