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Definition of affordable housing

Affordable housing is:

  • Provided at below market prices
  • For people with a local connection to Herefordshire
  • For people who are unable to afford to purchase or rent houses generally available on the open market without financial assistance, as their only home

The recipients can include:

  • First time buyers who cannot afford to buy on the open market
  • Families needing larger accommodation who cannot afford to rent or buy a suitable property on the open market
  • People who need properties that are adapted to meet their individual needs
  • People with support needs including those who have suffered abuse, experience learning disabilities or problems with mental health

Affordable housing takes various forms, which we have defined in this document.

In planning terms, affordable housing is defined in the National Planning Policy Framework, Annex 2: Glossary.

What is a local connection?

Some housing developments require a local connection, depending on where and when the homes were built.

Local connection means a person within the household has a connection to a locality or parish. Generally speaking, this can be someone who has lived in an area for a period of time, or is working, usually 16 hours or more, in the area where the properties are located. It is also possible to have a local connection if a family member has a proven need to give or receive support from family members. This can be personal or physical care to enable the person to live independently within the community.

If a local connection is required this will be stated when the property is advertised by Home Point.