Affordable housing development

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What is an affordable home?

The council uses the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2012 definition of affordable housing:

"Affordable housing: Social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Eligibility is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Affordable housing should include provisions to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households or for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.

Social rented housing is owned by local authorities and private registered providers (as defined in section 80 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008), for which guideline target rents are determined through the national rent regime. It may also be owned by other persons and provided under equivalent rental arrangements to the above, as agreed with the local authority or with the Homes and Communities Agency.

Affordable rented housing is let by local authorities or private registered providers of social housing to households who are eligible for social rented housing. Affordable Rent is subject to rent controls that require a rent of no more than 80%of the local market rent (including service charges, where applicable).

Intermediate housing is homes for sale and rent provided at a cost above social rent, but below market levels subject to the criteria in the Affordable Housing definition above. These can include shared equity (shared ownership and equity loans), other low cost homes for sale and intermediate rent, but not affordable rented housing.

Homes that do not meet the above definition of affordable housing, such as "low cost market" housing, may not be considered as affordable housing for planning purposes."

Working in partnership

The council no longer owns its own social housing stock. All of our housing stock was transferred to the ownership of Severn Vale Housing Society in 1998.

We now work in partnership with a number of housing associations (known as Registered Providers), developers, land owners and the Homes and Communities Agency to develop new affordable homes in our borough.

In response to the unmet housing need in the borough in both rural and urban areas, Tewkesbury Borough Council is investigating innovative ways of providing new affordable homes through the following mechanisms that seek to maximise affordable housing opportunities in the borough:

Gloucestershire Rural Housing Partnership

The Gloucestershire Rural Housing Partnership (GRHP) was created to develop affordable homes in small rural communities.

The partnership helps to fund a rural housing enabler who works with parish councils, landowners and affordable housing providers to create opportunities to develop new affordable homes in rural areas.

Members of the partnership include:

  • Local authorities - Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Stroud District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council.
  • Housing associations (Registered Providers) working within Gloucestershire.
  • Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC)

Over 200 new rural affordable homes have been delivered in the county by the GRHP since it was formed in 2001.