Not all housing is the traditional "bricks and mortar" we tend to think of. There are lots of less permanent housing types, including
Across our local area, a number of individuals and families live in "non traditional" accommodation.
Mobile structures, 2011
The 2011 Census showed the number of caravans, mobile homes, converted railway carriages and houseboats in each local authority area:
East Cambridgeshire: 347
Forest Heath: 261
South Cambridgeshire: 687
St Edmundsbury: 249
You can find the full definition here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/definitions-of-general-housing-terms
You can find Census 2011 table KS401EW data here https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/query/construct/summary.asp?mode=construct&version=0&dataset=618
Council Tax records on houseboats
Council Tax records were studied in 2015 and 2016, to show how many people had registered with their local council tax department, and lived in a houseboat.
This showed a total of 2,750 houseboat dwellers registered with Council Tax in 2015, and 2,800 in 2016 across England. In our local area, the records showed:
Cambridge had 60 in 2015 and 50 in 2016
East Cambridgeshire had 10 in 2015 and 10 in 2016
Fenland had less than 5 in 2015 and 2016
Huntingdonshire had 60 in 2015 and 50 in 2016
South Cambridgeshire had less than 5 in 2015 and 2016
Forest Heath had 10 in both 2016
St Edmundsbury had zero reported in 2015 and 2016
Peterborough had zero reported in 2015 and 2016
So across all districts listed, there were 140 houseboat dwellers registered with Council Tax in 2015 and 120 in 2016. This represents between 4 and 5% of the England total.
You can find the original data here:
You can find the houseboat data, and a map of marina and moorings across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk here http://opendata.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/dataset/houseboats
Cambridge City Council provides a more detailed map about moorings in the City area here:
.. and background about boat mooring here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/about-boat-mooring
You can find out more about Cambridge moorings by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The area's Strategic Housing Market Assessment in 2009 looked into Park Homes, the relevant chapter "Rural Housing and Park Homes" can be found here http://www.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/file/1745/download
The data used was correct in 2007 so is quite dated now, but it does include a map of Park Homes sites across Cambridgeshire.
We plan to add more current data on Park Homes sites in future on Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data, alongside data on houseboats and other temporary housing in the area.
Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople; and Gypsy and Traveller sites
In 2016, several districts worked together to assess the level of use and need for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, This work, carried out by ORS, includes identifying Gypsy and Traveller needs as well as identifying other people living on Gypsy and Traveller sites.
In summary, the survey found 14 households who meet the government's definition of Gypsies and Travellers, across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk. A further 434 households lived on the sites surveyed, but were ‘unknown’ households, meaning they may or may not meet the new definition of a Gypsy or Traveller. Some 195 households were surveyed who were living on these sites, but did not meet the new government definition.
The full report, which includes further detail about Travelling Showpeople, and about the provision needed for the households surveyed, can be found here https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2016_10_05_cambridgshire_gtaa_final_report_0.pdf