Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is the
amount and mix of housing determined?
2. How can
affordable housing be built on land outside the development
3. Will this
development lead to further properties being buiilt in our
4. How do we
identify a potential site?
5. How much will
be paid for the land?
6. What are
Housing Associations and Registered Providers?
7. Are grants
available to RPs?
8. Will the Parish
have to fund the scheme?
9. What is a
Section 106 (S106) Agreement?
affordable homes low quality homes?
11. How are the
12. How can we be
sure that the properties will go to local people?
13. How will the
homes remain for local people in the future?
14. What is
Choice Based Lettings (CBL)?
1. How is the amount and mix of housing determined?
The Housing Needs survey will indicate the
amount and type of affordable housing required. Once the
results of the survey have been analysed, proposals for the site
will be produced including property types and numbers of properties
for rent and shared ownership. Any affordable housing scheme
will always be designed and built to be in keeping with its
surroundings to enhance the character of the village in which it is
2. How can affordable housing be built on land outside the
There are planning regulations in place to
achieve this under certain circumstances providing the following
criteria are met:
- The Parish Council support
- It will be kept affordable
for local people in perpetuity
- It is supported by a recent
housing needs survey
Even when the above criteria are met, the
planning application will be subject to approval by planners who
will consider additional wider issues.
3. Will this development lead to further properties being built
in our Parish?
Affordable housing on an exception sites will
not set any precedent for building homes outside of the development
boundary. However, if an initial scheme does not fully cater
for the level of housing need in the village a further affordable
housing scheme can be considered, but the whole process will be
repeated, including a new Housing Needs survey from the
4. How do we identify a potential site?
Are you aware of land in the village that
could be used as an exception site? Be open to all
Think about access, services and landscape
setting and whether the land could be purchased for an affordable
5. How much will be paid for the land?
Exception sites have a land value that sits
between agricultural and ‘hope’ value. The price agreed for
the land is important to ensure that the housing to be provided is
6. What are Housing Associations and Registered Providers?
A Registered Provider (RP) is a social
landlord who is registered with the Homes and Communities
Agency. Most RPs are housing associations but there are also
Trusts, co-operatives and companies. They run as businesses
but do not trade for private profit. Any surplus is ploughed
back into the organisation to maintain existing homes and help to
finance new ones. Many RPs have been formed to manage and
develop housing stock transferred to them by local authorities.
Housing Associations or RPs are the main providers of new social
7. Are grants available to RPs?
The RP applies for funding towards a specific
scheme. There are strict conditions to that funding and high
standards regarding design, specification, energy efficiency,
security, etc. These are measured by an appropriately qualified
third party. If these standards are not achieved, the RP
wouldn’t be able to claim the funding.
8. Will the Parish have to fund the scheme?
The Parish would not be expected to make a
financial contribution to the scheme, although to facilitate a
scheme, some choose to donate land or sell it at a reduced
9. What is a Section 106 (S106) Agreement?
A S106 agreement is a list of planning
conditions that must be fulfilled by a developer wishing to build a
scheme. This scheme could be anywhere. E.g. a scheme in
an urban area may require a contribution to a traffic management
scheme or to provide play facilities or open space nearby. If
so this would be stated in the S106. For rural schemes the S106
will include clauses referring to keeping the houses for local
people and keeping them affordable in perpetuity.
10. Are affordable homes low quality homes?
No. They must achieve the Code for
Sustainable Homes which enhance the requirements of Building
Regulations. There are six main elements:
4.Site waste management
6.The use of materials
In addition, Building Regulations set minimum
standards for performance for each element which must be met.
In this way there are benefits by reducing CO2 emissions,
adaptation to climate change and benefits to residents by ensuring
that the homes are affordable to run. Homes built to Code
standard are pleasant and healthy places to live with more natural
light and are adaptable to future needs.
11. How are the properties allocated?
If the scheme has been developed by a RP the
homes will be allocated via a nomination agreement. The Local
Authority will nominate people based on their needs and suitability
with regards to the local connection criteria. The RP will
then allocate the property and become the landlord to those
The parish council has a role in making people
aware that they must put their names on this register and how to do
so. Don’t forget the people who have had to leave the parish
and would like to return. Local connections are the most
important factor when allocating properties on Exception sites.
12. How can we be sure that the properties will go to local
It is outlined in the S106 agreement which is
legally binding to the Housing Association and the Local
Authority. People will have to qualify as being local to be
nominated for a property and if no-one can be found there will be a
list of neighbouring parishes that can be put forward as
13. How will the homes remain for local people in the
The Section 106 agreement ensures that all
future lettings or shared ownership sales have to meet the same
local connection criteria as when the homes were first built.
Tenants will have the right to exchange their home with another
social housing tenant, but only if the incoming tenant meets the
local connection criteria.
14. What is Choice Based Lettings (CBL)?
Choice Based Lettings are different from the
traditional way of allocating housing via the waiting list.
CBL allows applicants for social housing (and tenants who want to
transfer) to apply for vacancies which are advertised widely.
Applicants can see the full range of available properties and can
apply for any home to which they are matched based on need.
Priority is given to those with urgent needs, but where possible
properties are allocated on the basis of who has been waiting the
longest. Authorities provide feedback that helps applicants
assess their chances of success in subsequent applications.
However, CBL systems have to comply with the local connection
criteria which have been agreed in the S106 agreement and therefore
will only be allocated to local people.
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