We work closely with housing developers, Housing Associations, landowners, Parish Councils, local communities, and funding agencies, such as the Homes and Communities Agency, to bring forward new affordable homes
Our policy on affordable housing
We have adopted a proactive policy approach towards maximising the delivery of affordable housing. Key Policy documents include:
Eden Local Plan 2014-2032: Local Plan Policy HS1 sets out the affordable housing requirement on all new housing developments.
Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD): We are preparing an update to the Housing SPD to provide more information about the housing policies in the Eden Local Plan.
Community led housing
Community led housing is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems, creating affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.
Self-build housing offers an alternative to standard housing options, enabling the builder to design and tailor their own home to their specific needs. Anyone, from first time buyers to current home owners, have the opportunity to create innovative, greener and more affordable homes than currently offered through standard housing options.
Development of rural exception sites
In certain circumstances, sites in rural areas (outside of the Key Hubs and Smaller Villages and Hamlets) that would not be suitable for market-led housing, may receive permission for affordable housing to meet an identified local need.
To qualify for rural exceptions housing, the site must be in a location considered suitable for the development of affordable housing. You will need to give evidence why the scheme’s benefits to the locality are such that it justifies an exception to policy.