The homes we live in play a big role in shaping health. Health and care services are becoming increasingly aware of the crucial role housing plays in delivering better outcomes for health.

A healthy home is:

  • Affordable and offers a stable and secure base.
  • Able to provide for all the household needs
  • A place where we feel safe and comfortable
  • Connected to community, work and services

Trafford partners are working together to ensure property conditions improve, more affordable housing are developed and homelessness is reduced to improve the overall health and wellbeing of Trafford residents.

This page provides links to some key data sets, needs assessments, stock condition surveys and housing strategy documents.

If you have any queries, please contact


Local Authority Housing Statistics (LAHS)

This data is collected annually by government and shows district-level data which is considered essential for central and local governments to understand the housing situation and how policies affect it. The date includes:

    • -       Housing Stock
    • -       Housing Sales & Transfers
    • -       Allocations
    • -       Lettings & Nominations
    • -       Empty Properties
    • -       Property Conditions
    • -       Affordable Housing Supply

 Data is found at this link LAHS 2017/18


Trafford Housing Need and Demand Assessment 2019

The Trafford Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) 2019 provides the latest available evidence to help to shape the future housing and related strategies and policies of the area. This study complements the Greater Manchester (GM) Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) by providing detailed local information and support the development of the new local plan.

The HNA findings will also be used to inform resource allocation to deliver the existing Trafford Housing Strategy Action Plan 2018-23 and, to evidence future planning and spending priorities of housing resources.

The HNA considers the need for affordable housing and the size, type and tenure of housing need for specific groups within the borough. This research provides an up-to-date analysis of the social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics of the area.

A summary of the key findings from the Assessment are:

  • In 2019, there were 101,736 dwellings in Trafford with 2,428 not occupied.
  • 68.9% of the dwellings were owner-occupied, 17.2% affordable and 13.9% private rented/living rent free.
  • Average house prices in Trafford are considerably higher than other areas in GM at £260k compared to £154k in GM overall.
  • Population in Trafford is projected to increase by 9.1% up to 2037 with the 65+ age group increasing by 38.2%.
  • In 2019, 64.4% of the households were in employment or training, 26.7% retired and 1.3% unemployed.
  • 1,015 new homes are required to be built each year up to 2037 with 382 of these new homes being affordable.
  • Analysis assumes that 1,015 dwelling should be built each year with 70% for market sale and 30% being affordable.
  • It is estimated that 21.1% of all residents have an illness/disability and this is expected to increase to 22.8% by 2037.

A copy of the report which is broken down into each of the seven sub areas is at this link – HNA 2019


Trafford Private Sector Stock Condition Survey 2019

David Adamson & Partners Ltd was commissioned by Trafford Council in December 2018 to complete a review of housing and household conditions across the private housing sector. The study has involved a survey programme including a target sample of 1,000 dwellings representing just over 1% of an estimated private sector housing stock comprising 90,622 dwellings. Survey investigation has included physical housing conditions (HHSRS, Decent Homes), energy efficiency (SAP 2012). A sample size of 1000 properties was inspected across the Rural Communities, Altrincham, Partington/Carrington, Urmston, Sale, Stretford and Old Trafford.

A summary of the key findings from the Condition Survey are:

  • Trafford contains a private sector housing stock estimated to be 90,222 dwellings.
  • The age of property is strongly associated with its condition and energy performance. Oldest homes likely worse off.
    • 18,375 dwellings or 20.3% were constructed post-1980.
    • 55,779 dwellings (61.5%) constructed post-1944.
    • 34,844 dwellings (38.5%) were constructed pre-1945.
    • 22,395 dwellings (24.7%) in the inter-war period (1919-1944).
    • 12,449 dwellings (13.7%) were constructed pre-1919.
  • The highest concentrations of older housing (pre-1919) are recorded in the Rural Communities (20.8%), Altrincham (19.2%) and Urmston (17.5%). Post-1980’s housing is highest in the Rural Communities (32.7%) and in Old Trafford (31.3%). Inter-war housing is over-represented in Altrincham (35.4%), Urmston (32.0%) and Stretford (49.7%).
  • 72,901 dwellings (84.3%) meet the requirements of the Decent Homes Standard and can be regarded as      satisfactory.
  • The remaining 13,575 occupied dwellings (15.7%) fail the requirements of the Decent Homes Standard and are non-Decent.
  • Home energy efficiency levels are above the national average with 82,716 dwellings (95.7%) complies with Decent Homes thermal comfort requirements.
  • Fuel poverty in England is measured using a Low Income High Costs framework. Under this definition a household is considered to be fuel poor where:
    • They have required fuel costs that are above average, and
    • Were they to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line
  • Under the definition, 8,703 households in Trafford (10.1%) have low incomes and high fuel costs and are in fuel poverty. 5,284 households headed by a person aged 65 years and over are in fuel poverty. This represents 19.5% of such households and 61% of all households in fuel poverty. 16.7% of all lone parent households are in fuel poverty

A copy of the report which is broken down into each of the seven sub areas is at this link – PSSCS 2019


Trafford Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024

The Council has a statutory duty to produce a Homelessness Strategy and our new Strategy was formally agreed at Executive on the 18 March 2019. The Homelessness Strategy (2019-2024) has been produced to identify the key priorities and the actions required to deliver them by the Council and other key stakeholders over the next five years.

The vision for the Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024 is:“Working Together to End Homelessness in Trafford”

The strategic priorities are:

  1. Prevent homelessness in Trafford.
  2. Improve access to permanent affordable accommodation and supported homes, primarily through the increased supply of social housing.
  3. Aim to eradicate the use of B&B and increase the provision of good quality Temporary Accommodation for homeless people in Trafford.
  4. Work towards ending rough sleeping in Trafford.
  5. Improve access to employment, education and training for homeless people in Trafford.
  6. Improve health & wellbeing for homeless people in Trafford.

Download the Homelessness Strategy, Action Plan and Consultation Report.


Trafford Housing Strategy 2019-2024

Our Housing Strategy has been developed to identify the key housing priorities for the borough and the measures required to deliver them by the Council and other key public and private stakeholders.

Our housing priorities for the next five years are:

  1. To accelerate housing growth.
  2. To support inclusive economic growth.
  3. To create neighbourhoods of choice through a better mix of homes.
  4. To reduce inequalities across the borough.
  5. To improve residents’ health and wellbeing.
  6. To increase the range of, and residents access to, opportunities; and to reduce homelessness.


Housing Strategy Annual Statement 2019

The Council has undertaken an annual review of the Trafford Housing Strategy 2018-2023 to determine what has been achieved, what is underway and what is still left to do. Also a review of national and sub-regional housing Policy and Strategy has been carried at and an analysis of the housing market in Trafford to ensure that the Trafford Housing Strategy remains up to date.


Trafford Housing Market Bulletins

Quarterly, Trafford Council publishes a housing market bulletin. The bulletin helps keep track of local and regional housing market data. The following market indicators are included within the bulletin:

  • House Prices
  • Private Rented Housing
  • Empty Properties
  • Mortgage Repossessions
  • Housing Affordability
  • New House Building
  • Local Monitoring Data



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