Affordable housing is provided in two main ways; on sites where market housing is being built and sites specifically for affordable housing.
Use of Planning Conditions- NKDC adopted its Supplementary Planning Document on Affordable Housing Obligations in February 2008. This sets out our policy for the delivery of affordable housing on private developments. The requirement is that 35% of properties should be affordable on sites of 5 or more dwellings, or where the site is 0.3 hectares or above.
The expectation is that affordable housing is generally delivered without the need for grant from the Homes and Communities Agency on planning condition sites and as least 50% of the affordable housing should be for affordable rent.
Use of Exception Sites- Exceptions sites relate to settlements of less than 3,000 population. Affordable housing development can be granted planning permission as an exception to normal policy in these settlements providing a local need has been identified and there are no other deliverable sites available. To address rural housing needs the Council is actively looking to promote the use of exceptions sites by identifying communities where a local needs survey can be undertaken.
Again the accommodation is generally provided by working with a Registered Provider who can access Homes and Communities Agency funding, or by the Council itself. The affordable properties provided would either be for rent or for shared ownership and will remain as affordable housing in perpetuity.
The Council has a programme to build new council homes.