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Local Connection Criteria

 

Any development on a rural exception site will involve the drawing up of a legal document called a Section 106 agreement. The local connection criteria will be laid out in this agreement, to ensure the new homes are allocated to local people only.

 

An example of the local connection criteria usually found in a Section 106 agreement is shown below. Tenants will be identified from the following categories:

 

  • Person/s whose primary place of residence:

is in the parish in which the development is located, and has been so for not less than 3 out of the past 5 years;

OR

was in the parish in which the development is located for not less than 10 out of the past 20 years

OR

  • Person/s whose parents, siblings, grandparents or adult children have their primary place of residence in the parish in which the development is located, and have done so for not less than 3 out of the past 5 years or for not less than 10 out of the past 20 years

OR

  • Person/s who have their primary place of work in the parish in which  the development is located and have done so for not less than 3 out of the past 5 years or for not less than 10 out of the past 20 years.

 

and any such person or persons shall be a "Primary Suitable Household" (which term shall include any cohabitee child or other dependent of any such person who has been living wih such person for not less than 1 year prior to the date of application for the vacant tenancy).

 

If no Primary Suitable Household is found from the above categories within 14 days of the housing association becoming aware of the vacancy, then the same process as set out above shall be repeated for the surrounding parishes, and then finally any parish within South Staffordshire District.

 

Any such person or persons identified from this list shall be a "Secondary Suitable Household" (which term shall include any cohabitee child or other dependent of any such person who has been living wih such person for not less than 1 year prior to the date of application for the vacant tenancy).

 

What does this all mean?

 

When allocating properties, homes will first be assigned to residents that live or have lived in the parish for a significant period of time. People with close family that have lived in the parish for the specified times will also be given priority as well as those that have worked in the parish for a certain period of time.

 

Only once these categories have been exhausted and no eligible residents can be found, will allocation then be opened up to the surrounding parishes. The specific parishes in this next tier will be identified in the Section 106 agreement.

 

Finally, if no one can be identified from this area, the process will be extended out to the whole of South Staffordshire.

 

This process will ensure the properties are occupied by residents as local to the area as possible.

 

 

 

Contact

 

The Regeneration Team

01902 969000

regeneration@sstaffs.gov.uk

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