Wealden Council clarifies affordable housing policy

Wealden Council has clarified its affordable housing policy. It will be seeking provision of 35% affordable housing for six homes and above within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 11 units and above elsewhere in the district.wealden-district-council-un

The council adopted this policy on May 18 this year and has confirmed it following an update of National Planning Practice Guidance.

A Wealden Council report says the evidence base is clear that there is a significant need for affordable housing within the district.

It continues: “The council relies on the significant balance of affordable housing to be provided through development of market housing.

“It is on the basis of this evidence base, together with viability evidence, that the Planning Inspector agreed with the adopted policy of affordable housing at a threshold of five units (net).

“Notwithstanding this, during the examination of the Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan the council proposed policies in compliance with the Ministerial Statement and consulted on the policy.

“This policy sought the provision of 35% affordable housing with a threshold of six units and above for developments within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 11 units and above (with floorspace criteria) elsewhere in the district.”

The report says: “It is considered there is no material change in the evidence that supported the policy which conforms to the Ministerial Statement.”

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