What is ‘Affordable Housing’?
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) defines Affordable Housing as:
‘Social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.’
Further detail is available in Annex 2 of the NPPF.
What contribution to Affordable Housing do developers need to make?
The Council’s policy is that, for housing developments of 15 or more dwellings, 20% of the dwellings should be Affordable Housing.
The policy also states that the mix of Affordable Housing will proportionately reflect the mix of size and type of housing which is to be developed across the whole site, and the tenure split will be 75% Social Rented and 25% Intermediate Housing.
In practice, the number, size and type of units for individual sites required to meet local Affordable Housing need is often determined through consultation and negotiation with the Council’s Lead Officer for Affordable Housing.
The 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.
For further information about Housing Need in North East Lincolnshire please see the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
How is development viability taken into account?
The Council recognises that developers and landowners are entitled to make a competitive return from the development of land.
Guidance is that the value of land should be based on the return it can yield having taken into account development contributions, such as Affordable Housing and other S106 contributions. Applications for Outline Planning Permission will therefore be expected to make a full Affordable Housing contribution.
At the detailed planning stage, we may consider negotiating a lower contribution if it evidence shows that development costs (other than land value) would render a scheme unviable if a full Affordable Housing contribution were to be made. If you think this may affect your development you should speak to the Council’s Lead Officer for Affordable Housing as soon as possible for detailed advice.
There can be opportunities to increase viability through the use of Affordable Housing and other means, and we will help you to explore these.
How will the contribution be made?
The expectation is that dwellings will be provided on site within the rest of the development, though other proposals may be discussed based upon a combination of factors relating to an individual development.
The requirement to provide the units will be secured through a legal agreement (Town and Country Planning Act s106) which will be agreed with the Lead Officer for Affordable Housing on behalf of the Council.
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 www.nelincs.gov.uk/council/planning-policy/supplementary-planning-documents/interim-planning-statement-affordable-housing/
Sales of the Affordable Housing dwellings are negotiated with Registered Providers (Housing Associations) which are developing in North East Lincolnshire. Other information on this topic - www.nelincs.gov.uk/residen/housing/low-cost-home-ownership/affordable-housing/
If you would like to discuss the provision of Affordable Housing, or any concerns or issues you may have regarding specific development proposals, please contact the Affordable Housing Development Team