Planning Policy Statement 3
This sets out the national planning policy framework for delivering the Government’s housing objectives. It states that the national indicative minimum site size threshold is 15 dwellings and that Local Planning Authorities can set lower minimum thresholds where viable and practicable.
Local thresholds were set following the findings from a local viability assessment commissioned by North East Lincolnshire Planning.
- The local minimum size threshold was set at 15 dwellings.
- Provision of Affordable Housing set at 20% of the dwellings on a development of 15 dwellings or more was found to be viable (subject to negotiation).
Further information on NELC Planning Policy on Affordable Housing can be found in the Interim Planning Statement – Affordable Housing Guidance which is available on the Planning web page (Link ‘Planning web page’ to http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/council/planning-policy/supplementary-planning-documents/interim-planning-statement-affordable-housing/
The number, size and type of Affordable Housing units on individual sites required to meet local Affordable Housing need is determined through consultation and negotiation with North East Lincolnshire Council – Enabling & Partnership.
First preference is for Affordable Housing units to be provided on the development site. However other ways of delivering the Affordable Housing contribution may be considered based upon a combination of factors relating to each individual development. The Council priority will be to attain decent quality housing which is suitable to meet housing need; with factors such as value for money and viability also being taken into account.
The legal terms of this provision are bound by an S106 agreement and NELC Enabling & Partnership will instruct the NELC legal department on the content following discussions and negotiation.
Sales of the Affordable Housing dwellings are negotiated with Registered Landlords (Housing Associations) which are developing in North East Lincolnshire. Details of these can be obtained from NELC Enabling & Partnership.
To discuss the provision of Affordable Housing and for guidance on the process to follow please contact Enabling & Partnership www.nelincs.gov.uk/resident/housing/low-cost-home-ownership/affordable-housing/