Our plans and strategies

Our strategic aims are set out in our Corporate Strategy and Housing Strategy. Policies relating to the overall level and distribution of new housing are laid out in our Core Strategy and other planning policy documents. We prepare a Monitoring Report to keep track of our progress on meeting strategic housing requirements. The occupancy of most new affordable homes (and "local market" homes) is restricted to local people.

Our partners

To deliver the new affordable homes we need, we work with:

Local communities - They have a long track record of undertaking housing needs surveys and preparing parish plans or neighbourhood plans to address identified local needs.

Housing Associations - They are responsible for building and then letting or selling new affordable homes to local people. The following housing associations are active in developing new homes for local people in our district:

  • Bromford Housing Group
  • Stonewater (formerly Jephson Homes Housing Association)
  • Orbit Group
  • Warwickshire Rural Housing Association
  • Waterloo Housing Group
  • Fortis Living

We maintain a list of development contacts at partner housing associations.

Homes England

Homes England is the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government's non-departmental public body. They invest in building new homes, employment floorspace and other community facilities.

The Rural Housing Enabler

For contact details and further information see "Local needs/community led schemes" section below.

Developers and house builders

Warwickshire County Council

The county council is the adult social care authority for our district and, as such, are interested in ensuring that the current and future care needs of local residents are considered when developing new housing.

Model affordable housing clauses for Section 106 Agreements

Working with our partners is central to our aim of building enough quality affordable homes to meet the needs of our district and its communities.

Most new affordable homes are built under planning policies that require the provision of a proportion of affordable housing on new housing schemes. In such cases, developers are required to sign a legally-binding agreement (otherwise known as a planning obligation or Section 106 Agreement) to secure delivery of, and regulate further occupancy of, the required affordable homes. To speed up the drafting of such Agreements, we from time-to-time publish model clauses concerning these matters. Our expectation is that the applicable model clauses will always be used, unless there are special circumstances justifying a different approach.

Exceptionally, where it may be necessary to vary an existing Section 106 Agreement, there is a special protocol for dealing with such requests.

If you are seeking to vary an existing Section 106 please check that the local connection and nomination clauses are as per the model clauses.

Local needs/community led schemes

Local needs schemes are also known as community-led schemes or Local Choice schemes. Local communities interested in developing affordable and "local market" homes for local people should contact Sarah Brooke Taylor, the Rural Housing Enabler at Warwickshire Rural Communities Council (WRCC), telephone 01789 842182 or 01789 472611, email sarahbt@wrccrural.org.uk.

Sarah can help communities to undertake parish housing needs surveys and identify suitable sites for development.

More information on how to progress local needs schemes and the role of WRCC can be found on their website and in the presentation given at the Rural Housing Event in Ettington in June 2017.

For local connection criteria in Section 106 agreements, see the affordable housing model clauses above and the below feedback from the Rural Housing Enabling Event in 2013. Over 70 representatives including parish councils, housing providers, developers, agents, the district councils and other stakeholders attended this event which gave everyone an opportunity to learn how to progress rural housing schemes by sharing information and experiences.

Current progress

In June 2018, Stratford on-Avon District Council issued an affordable housing information sheet. This provides data on affordable homes built in 2017/18 and in previous years. Some scheme case studies are listed below:

Find out more

For further information: please contact the Development and Enabling Officer on 01789 260843 or at john.gordon@stratford-dc.gov.uk, or contact the Housing Policy & Development team at housing.policy@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Last updated on 30/11/2018

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