Affordable housing development

How we increase the number of affordable units

  • By bringing empty properties back into use
  • By refurbishment of unpopular or un-modernised properties
  • By influencing national and local housing planning policies
  • By negotiating with property developers on developments in the county. Where they build 10 or more units approximately 35 per cent of the total being built is to be affordable
  • By working in partnership with housing associations to build affordable housing

What are our targets for 2017/18

Every year we set challenging targets to ensure our activities are focused to deliver additional housing for those in need. This year our target is:

  • 200 new affordable homes built or acquired

What we achieved 2016/2017

Target: 200 new affordable homes built or acquired

Achieved: 135 new affordable homes built or acquired


Exception sites

Exceptionally, affordable housing may be permitted on land within or adjoining an established rural settlement which would not normally be released for development, provided that:

  1. The scheme will contribute to meeting a proven genuine and quantifiable local need for affordable housing as ascertained from a current local affordable housing needs survey. In the case of a single affordable dwelling, clear evidence of a long-term local need will be required
  2. It is evident that local housing conditions could not otherwise satisfy the need
  3. The scheme respects both the character and size of the settlement concerned and the identified scale of need
  4. Arrangements are made to ensure that the benefits of affordable housing for single dwellings, as well as larger schemes, will be enjoyed in perpetuity by subsequent occupants in local need as well as by the initial occupiers
  5. The site's location affords reasonable access to facilities and where possible public transport

What is a Section 106 agreement?

Section 106 (S106) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a local planning authority to enter into a legally binding agreement or planning obligation with a landowner in association with the granting of planning permission. The obligation is called a Section 106 agreement.

These agreements are a way of delivering or addressing matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms. They are increasingly used to support the provision of services such as infrastructure, highways and affordable housing.

For rural affordable housing schemes, such as those built on exception sites, the Section 106 will include clauses to ensure that the homes remain affordable to meet local households' needs now and in the future. Importantly it will contain a local connection policy to ensure that they will be allocated to local people on the council's housing register (managed through Home Point).


What are housing associations?

Housing associations are not-for-profit organisations which own, let and manage rental and intermediate housing.

As not-for-profit organisations, revenue acquired through the rent is ploughed back into the acquisition and maintenance of their properties.

View the main housing associations which own stock in Herefordshire


Contact us

If you are a prospective developer or a parish council and want advice on developing affordable housing please call the number below.

If you are looking for advice on the feasibility of developing affordable housing on a particular site please email your enquiry to us, including as much detail as possible about your proposal and, where possible, attach a site plan indicating the location of the site.