Requirement for affordable housing

Garden Land SPD

Over the period April 2006 to April 2011 the town delivered 2,100 new homes, with an average annual delivery of 430 dwellings.  Our current housing needs assessment estimates a requirement of 929 new affordable homes to be delivered every year.  Housing need in Cheltenham is therefore more than twice as high as the actual supply of all new homes.

In terms of new affordable housing provision, since 2007 Cheltenham has delivered 283 affordable housing units. However, when taking into account the loss of affordable housing as a result of right to buy, demolition and so on, the total number of affordable dwellings in the town has in fact fallen from around 7000 to approximately 6827 in the 3 years to 2010. Should the number of affordable dwellings in Cheltenham continue to decrease, this will inevitably place even greater pressure on existing housing to meet housing needs.

Affordable versus affordability

  • Affordability is a measure of whether housing may be afforded by certain groups of households.
  • Affordable housing refers to particular products outside the main housing market.

The council defines affordable housing and associated terms as according to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Annex 2: Glossary

For further information about the council’s strategy for affordable housing, please refer to our latest Housing and Homelessness strategy 2012-17.

Affordable housing partnership

In conjunction with the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy Affordable Housing Partnership a precedent S106 and guidance notes have been produced in order to assist in the delivery of affordable housing on the Joint Core Strategy Sites which will help inform planning applicants about the standards of affordable housing expected.

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