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East Northamptonshire Council


You may be aware; government legislation has been passed to replace the eight existing councils in Northamptonshire with two brand new unitary authority councils from 1st April 2021. The new North Northamptonshire Council will replace the current local authority areas of Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, and East Northants. Due to these changes and following a six-week consultation period, a new North Northamptonshire Keyways Housing Allocation Scheme will apply from 1st April 2021.

This means that the two existing Housing Allocation Schemes operating within the area (Homes Direct and Keyways) will be replaced by the new North Northamptonshire Keyways Housing Allocation Scheme. Applicants currently registered on the Homes Direct and Keyways Scheme will be invited to re-apply to the new North Northamptonshire Keyways Housing Allocation Scheme at once the re-registration window opens.

The opportunity to re-register an application will open mid to late March, although the exact dates are yet to be confirmed.  We will contact you in due course with further details including how to apply and what information will be required of you. It is important you do not attempt to re-register until notified to do so.

All new applications will be assessed in line with the new North Northamptonshire Housing Allocation Scheme. The qualification criteria and definition of housing need may be different to your current scheme; this means some households may no longer qualify or be recognised as having a housing need following re-registration. If this is the case, alternative housing options will be provided to you. For more details on the new Northamptonshire Housing Allocation Scheme visit  However, key detail includes:

  • Applicants who owe housing related debt within the last 5 years and is equivalent to two months current rental liability will fail to qualify.

  • Applicants who have serious criminal convictions or have committed serious acts of antisocial behaviour will fail to qualify.

  • Homeowners (without an urgent need with insufficient assets to resolve their own circumstances) will fail to qualify. However, homeowners seeking sheltered housing within a complex will still qualify..

  • Applicants with no housing need will fail to qualify (including applicants living in the private rented sector with no housing need). Those with a local connection to a rural S106 or village exception site, or those seeking sheltered accommodation are exempt from this criterion.

  • Applicants with an emergency housing need (Homeless households and applicants awarded a Band A criteria) will be placed onto an autobidding system to ensure they receive an offer of accommodation within the shortest possible time.

We are committing that all applicants who re-register within the specified window and who qualify for the scheme, will be eligible to bid on the first bidding cycle under North Northamptonshire Keyways. This cycle will be a two-week bidding cycle and will run from Thursday 1st to Tuesday 13th April. Applications not submitted within the re-registration window may not be assessed and activated in time for the first bidding cycle.

Existing housing applications registered on the Homes Direct and Keyways Schemes will be eligible to continue to bid as normal until the last cycle ends before 1 April 2021 at which point applications will be closed.

We understand not all applicants have access to, or are used to using the internet, to submit a re-application online. Due to current closure of our customer facing services we recognise the need to ensure support options are available to assist such applicants. If you do not have a trusted friend or family member who is able to assist you in re-registering your housing application, please contact your current local authority office as soon as possible.