Annual Review: Affordable Housing Development Programme

Press Release

Published on 1 October 2021
Archived on 30 October 2021


Affordable Housing is one of Stratford-on-Avon District Council's corporate priorities.

Although the District Council no longer owns or manages any affordable housing of its own, it does play a major role in delivering additional affordable housing within Stratford District to meet identified housing need with the Affordable Housing Development Programme.

Every year, Stratford-on-Avon District Council reviews the number and type of new homes built in the district. During the course of last year*, a total of 386 new affordable homes were built by the District Council's partner housing associations - the second highest number recorded.

Over the last 10 years at total of 2,709 affordable homes have been provided across the district.

Fourteen different organisations delivered the affordable homes last year - with around 75% supplied by four partner housing associations, Orbit, Bromford, Platform and L&Q. The other 25% came from ten other organisations.

The largest single developer of affordable homes last year was Orbit Group, delivering 27% of last year's total and 47% over the last ten years.

The most properties developed (by size) last year were two bedroom homes which made up almost half of the total supply. The next type were three bedrooms (32%) and one bedroom (12%). Four bedroom properties accounted for only 9% of homes provided and no properties larger than this were developed.

Highlights from last year's programme included:

  • Goose Lane, Lower Quinton.  The first development within the district by Bromford of a mixed tenure 'land-led' housing scheme, comprising a total of 44 homes of which 21 are affordable.
  • School Road, Salford Priors.  An example of a 'market-led' housing scheme built on a site allocated in a Neighbourhood Development Plan. The scheme is focussed on a new village green designed to link the two main areas of Salford Priors village together better. Bromford have developed a total of 24 affordable homes.
  • Willett Gardens, Wellesbourne.  An innovative redevelopment scheme for an existing Orbit scheme and adjacent garage courts that had reached the end of their useful lives.  A total of 35 new affordable homes for rent and sale have been built by Orbit.


Councillor Jo Barker, Homes, Health and Wellbeing Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: "The annual review is a reflection of the District Council's long-standing commitment to providing more affordable homes for local people and our local communities.

"Our district is a great place to live and work. But, sadly, the reality for many people is that they're priced out of the local housing market and despite the pandemic, property prices have continued to rise.

"To tackle this, our Core Strategy includes a requirement for 35% of homes (on eligible market led 'S106' sites) to be affordable.  The District Council continues to work hard with its partners to get the homes we desperately need built in the places that need them. 

"However, even with these policies in place, delivering new affordable homes can be a lengthy process - the homes delivered last year resulted from planning permissions granted between 2010 and 2019 and even as far back as 2015."

Looking to the future, as well as completed schemes, the District Council also maintains estimates of supply during the current and future years. Over 400+ new affordable homes are expected to be developed in 2021-22 across 23 schemes.

The homes include properties supported with District Council grant funding, The Fred Winter Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, a scheme brought forward by the community in Bearley, and a 75-unit Extra Care Housing scheme at Lavender Fields, Bishopton, Stratford-upon-Avon. 

To view the full report please visit: Document 002-2021 Affordable homes annual review 2020-21 | Stratford-on-Avon District Council

*April 2021 to March 2021

The balance in supply between the 'Main Town' of Stratford-upon-Avon, the eight Main Rural Centres and a wide range of Local Service Villages continues to broadly reflect the population balance of those settlements.

Last year was the first time homes were built as part of the Gaydon Lighthorne Health new town.

The location of new homes is classified in accordance with the settlement hierarchy in the Core Strategy.

Location category

2020-21

Past 10 years

Stratford-upon-Avon town

14 (4%)

568 (21%)

Main Rural Centres (x8)

152 (40%)

1179 (44%)

Local Service Villages (x44)

158 (41%)

634 (23%)

New settlements (x2)

9 (2%)

9 (<1%)

All other locations

53 (14%)

319 (12%)


The table below sets out where new affordable homes have been provided.
Only settlements where there has been some affordable housing development in the past decade are listed. 

Location by settlement

 

2020-21

Past 10 years

Alcester

-

51 (1.9%)

Alderminster

-

9 (1.3%)

Bidford-on-Avon

45

262 (9.6%)

Bishops Itchington

28

91 (3.4%)

Brailes

-

14 (0.5%)

Broom (Bidford-on-Avon)

-

6 (0.2%)

Claverdon

3

3 (0.1%)

Ettington

-

11 (0.4%)

Fenny Compton

-

4 (0.1%)

Gaydon

-

10 (0.4%)

GLH new town

9

9 (0.4%)

Great Alne

-

7 (0.3%)

Hampton Lucy

-

9 (0.3%)

Harbury

-

36 (1.3%)

Henley-in-Arden

-

10 (0.4%)

Ilmington

-

10 (0.4%)

Kineton

-

51 (1.9%)

Long Compton

-

5 (0.2%)

Long Itchington

14

110 (4.1%)

Long Marston

-

24 (0.9%)

Lower Quinton

14

33 (1.2%)

Meon Vale

27

259 (9.6%)

Napton

-

29 (1.1%)

Newbold-on-Stour

2

30 (1.1%)

Oxhill

2

2 (0.1%)

Salford Priors

10

34 (1.3%)

Shipston-on-Stour

40

198 (7.3%)

Snitterfield

-

10 (0.4%)

Southam

102

397 (14.7%)

Stockton

-

38 (1.4%)

Stratford-upon-Avon town

14

569 (21.0%)

Stretton-on-Fosse

-

5 (0.2%)

Studley

-

5 (0.2%)

Tiddington

36

42 (1.6%)

Tredington

-

10 (0.4%)

Welford-on-Avon

4

27 (1.0%)

Wellesbourne

36

276 (10.2%)

Wootton Wawen

-

14 (0.5%)

 

Total

386

2,709 (100.4%)


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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