Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Apply for social housing

This page explains how to make an application to the housing register in Craven.



Craven District Council is a member of the North Yorkshire Choice Based Lettings Partnership, along with other North Yorkshire Local Authorities and our partner housing associations. We have a common housing register called North Yorkshire Home Choice.




How to register for North Yorkshire Home Choice

The quickest and easiest way to register is online via the North Yorkshire Home Choice website

You can also complete a paper application form which you can download from the website.  Applications are prioritised in accordance with our policy. For a copy  see the forms and booklets page.

Some households do not qualify to join the register.  Full details about qualifications and exclusions can be found on the North Yorkshire Home Choice website, along with general information about how the scheme works.

Other Housing associations and their waiting lists

Most rented social housing in Craven is advertised through Home Choice. However, some housing associations hold their own waiting lists and have their own lettings policies.

Below are the housing associations which have their own waiting lists:

General needs and older persons accommodation (i.e. over 55)

Organisation  Website Telephone  Location of housing stock
Accent Group          0345 678 0550 Skipton, Cononley and Grassington
Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association 0113 278 3335  Settle and Sutton-in-Craven

Older persons accommodation only (ie. over 55)

 Organisation Website Telephone  Location of housing stock
The Abbeyfield Society          01727 857536  Skipton and Settle                
Anchor Retirement Homes 0808 102 4070 Skipton, Settle and Glusburn/Cross Hills
 Butterfield Homes   01422 244788  Cross Hills
Together Housing Association 0300 555 5557  Skipton
Housing&Care21 0370 192 4000          Settle
James Knowles Trust                Email:    Long Preston
Lune Valley Housing Association 0300 111 1133  Gargrave and Ingleton
Skipton Town Council Heap-Parkinson Homes 01756 700553  Skipton
 Staincliffe Housing Association   01756 752086  Grassington

For information on the social housing stock in Craven, where in the district it is located, what type of properties and the quantity of each type of dwelling, please see our Social Housing Stocklist.

Waiting List Information

Last year, there were a total of 802 new applications for housing in Craven and at 31st March 2016 there were 547 active applications.  The biggest demand for housing remains in Skipton.

In the same period we housed 248 applicants, and it did not follow that most of these were in a high priority banding.  Gold band applicants made up 15% of households accommodated, 51% were silver banded, and 33% of customers assisted into social housing were in bronze band.

The average waiting time for those who were made an offer varied depending on the banding of their housing application. Those in gold band waited, on average, 346 days (from the date of banding); those in silver band 258 days; those in bronze band 522 days.

As you can see, we cannot help everyone but the more areas and property types you are willing to consider the more chance you will have of being re-housed with us. As a result, we have produced a table showing the location of the social housing across the district, along with the number and type of property within each area.

For information about properties available to buy, please go to our Low cost home ownership options web page.