What is an affordable home?
The council uses the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2018 definition of affordable housing:
Affordable housing: housing for sale or rent, for those whose needs are not met by the
market (including housing that provides a subsidised route to home ownership and/or is
for essential local workers); and which complies with one or more of the following
a) Affordable housing for rent: meets all of the following conditions: (a) the rent is set in
accordance with the Government’s rent policy for Social Rent or Affordable
Rent, or is at least 20% below local market rents (including service charges where applicable); (b) the
landlord is a registered provider, except where it is included as part of a Build to Rent scheme (in which case the landlord need not be a registered provider); and (c) it includes provisions to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households, or for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision. For Build to Rent schemes affordable housing for rent is expected to be the normal form of affordable housing provision (and, in this context, is known as Affordable Private Rent).
b) Starter homes: is as specified in Sections 2 and 3 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and
any secondary legislation made under these sections. The definition of a starter home should reflect the
meaning set out in statute and any such secondary legislation at the time of plan-preparation or
decision-making. Where secondary legislation has the effect of limiting a household’s eligibility to purchase a starter home to those with a particular maximum level of household income, those restrictions should be used.
c) Discounted market sales housing: is that sold at a discount of at least 20% below local market value. Eligibility is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Provisions should be in place to ensure housing remains at a discount for future eligible households.
d) Other affordable routes to home ownership: is housing provided for sale that provides a route to ownership for those who could not achieve home ownership through the market. It includes shared ownership, relevant equity loans, other low cost homes for sale (at a price equivalent to at least 20% below local market value) and rent to buy (which includes a period of intermediate rent). Where public grant funding is provided, there should be provisions for the homes to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households, or for any receipts to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision, or refunded to Government or the relevant authority specified in the funding agreement.
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 England 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:
The Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Affordable Housing Partnership - subsidiary of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS).
Alongside engaging in these important partnerships, Tewkesbury Borough Council is able to support development projects financially using commuted sums generated from previously delivered sites. The funds are made available to help Registered Providers deliver Affordable housing across 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.
Over 200 new rural affordable homes have been delivered in the county by the GRHP since it was formed in 2001.