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.
To deliver the new affordable homes we need, we work with:
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:
We maintain a list of development contacts at partner housing associations.
Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing
Homes England is a public body whose responsibilities include increasing the number of new homes built in England. They provide a range of important funding streams for new affordable homes. The Regulator of Social Housing is responsible for the regulation of ‘registered providers', such as housing associations, in England.
The Rural Housing Enabler
The District Council funds Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) to provide the services of a full-time Rural Housing Enabler as an independent resource for all local communities within Stratford-on-Avon District. For further information and contact details see ‘Local needs/community led schemes' section below.
Developers and house builders
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.
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.
In particular, the occupancy of most new affordable homes (and “local market" homes) is restricted to local people in the first instance.
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.
In July 2018 the Government published a revised version of its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (subsequently amended in February 2019) setting out a new national threshold for the provision of affordable housing.
To assist with clarity and for the avoidance of doubt, the Council produced a Position Statement in September 2019 in respect of the requirement for affordable housing under Core Strategy Policy CS.18.
Local communities are encouraged to bring forward community-led development schemes to meet local housing and possibly other community needs. Successful examples of such schemes already exist (see case studies below).
Community-led schemes are sometimes also known as ‘Local Need' or ‘Local Choice' schemes. Their key features are that they are community-led and respond to an identified local need – typically for affordable housing and/or ‘local market' housing. Local communities interested in developing such schemes should contact Sarah Brooke-Taylor, the Rural Housing Enabler, at Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC), telephone 01789 842182 or 01789 472611, email email@example.com. See also further information about neighbourhood planning.
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.
From time-to-time the Council publishes data on the profile of the affordable homes developed in the district. The most recent data is contained in a member information sheet. For general information about housing supply and related matters please refer to the Authority Monitoring Reports.
Case studies are available for an illustrative range of recently-completed affordable housing schemes, as listed below. Please note all case studies are subject to periodic updating.
For further information: please contact the Development and Enabling Officer on 01789 260843 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Housing Policy & Development team at email@example.com.