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A collection of datasets linked to the Housing Board for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk.

You can find a description of the Board and its background here 

The aim is to buid up a set of information for local experts to analyse, including past trends, current information and future projections.

Wherever possible we will use this space to share "already available" information, presenting data from various partners without adding to the existing burden of collection - helping to get the best value possible from all the work put into this collection process.

We will do this in "open data" format to make the data as straightforward as possible to use, re-use, combine and anayse. APIs will be created wherever possible.

If you have any questions,comments or suggestions please get in touch with


UK Open Government Licence (OGL)

Other Access

The information on this page (the dataset metadata) is also available in these formats.


via the DKAN API


Houseboat and caravan dwellers form part of our local housing market.

This dataset aims to bring together some information to help us see the scale of the issue in our local area. This includes

  • Cambridge
  • East Cambridgeshire
  • Fenland
  • Huntingdonshire
  • South Cambridgeshire
  • Forest Heath
  • St Edmundsbury
  • Peterborough

This data is simply a starting point, being launched in April 2017, and at this stage is looking to bring existing data together to shed some light on the scale of this part of our housing market.
There are two source of data:

  1. Council Tax records identifying the number of houseboat dwellers in 2015 and 2016. The government data is published in response to an external request for information seeking a record of the number of households who are boat dwellers in each local authority in England. They note that: "Caseworkers use Dwelling Type “TH” and Dwelling Group “72” when they identify a houseboat, captured as part of the property attributes on the VOA administrative database. Total counts for each local authority district in England are provided. Counts are rounded to the nearest 10. However, counts of zero are reported as “0” and counts between one and four (inclusive) are reported as negligible and denoted by “-“. Totals may not sum due to rounding." As the figures are rounded to the nearest 10, we can see this only gives an indication of the number of houseboats in each local authority area; in addition, a local correspondent informs us that this is "not an accurate way of calculating the numbers of houseboats since houseboats are not liable to pay council tax if the land they are moored on is not a hereditment".
  2. A web search for local marinas and moorings in the local area, undertaken in April 2017.

We are very pleased to have now uploaded geo-coded data on the location of some of the marinas and moorings across the area in 2017, which has enabled us to produce a local map. We continue to seek new and improved sources of data, and updates to the goverment figures, as time progresses.

Data and Resources

Modified Date
Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, West Suffolk
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Sue Beecroft
Data Dictionary

Notes on council tax houseboats data 2015 and 2016 Source: VOA’s administrative database as at 31 March 2015 and 2016. Counts are rounded to the nearest 10 with counts of zero being reported as "0" and counts fewer than 5 reported as negligible and denoted by "-". Totals may not sum due to rounding. Geographical level of the data presented: England and Wales (ENGWAL), National (NATL), Regional (REGL), County/Metropolitan County (CTYMET) or Local/Unitary Authority/London Borough (LAUA). Consists solely of houseboats moored in rivers, marinas etc, which are used for residential purposes and are therefore banded for Council Tax purposes.

Contact Name
Sue Beecroft
Contact Email
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