Affordable housing delivery

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Affordable housing delivery

The Council's Housing Development team is responsible for facilitating the provision of new affordable housing in Rother.

We work with housing associations, private developers, landowners and the Homes and Communities Agency to secure sites and funding for new affordable housing. Affordable housing includes rental and shared ownership homes and supported housing for the more vulnerable members of the community.

Affordable housing requirements on new developments

The revised Core Strategy adopted by Full Council in September of this year, forms the key planning policy document to the new Rother Local Plan. It sets the overall vision and objectives for development in the district up to 2028 and includes policies relating to the scale and distribution of development across its towns and rural areas.  It also contains 'core policies' that address key issues facing the district, in relation to sustainable resource management, community development, housing, the economy, the environment and transport.

The overarching strategic objective of the Core Plan relating to local housing need is:

'To provide housing in a way that supports local priorities and provides choice, including affordable housing.'

In terms of delivery the Core Strategy details the policy requirements for new housing sites or mixed use developments, to secure affordable housing contributions.

This includes for example 30% on-site affordable housing on schemes of 15 or more dwellings (or on sites of 0.5 hectares or more) in Bexhill and Hastings Fringes.

Further details of the Councils Affordable Housing Policy can be found in Chapter 15 of the Core Strategy

pdf icon Core Strategy (Sep 2014) [2Mb]

Schemes to meet the housing needs of people in rural parishes may be developed as rural Exception Sites where planning permission would not normally be granted for market housing. Details of how this policy is applied can be found in the Council's Affordable Housing Policy (link above). If you'd like to know more about the work we are doing to develop affordable housing in Rother's rural parts of the District, please take a look at our RRAH website.

The details for any proposed development should be discussed with the Housing Enabling team before any plans are drafted.


Housing Associations

Rother District Council works with a range of housing associations. It is recommended that developers of new affordable housing make early contact with one or more of them to discuss their scheme.

Optivo

Contact  Tom Casey Head of Partnerships & JVs Land & New Business, Tele; 0142 477 6648 Email;  Tom.Casey@optivo.org.uk

Orbit

Contact  Kieran O'Leary, Land manager, Land & New Business, Tele;  01622 633232 Email; Kieran.Oleary@orbit.org.uk

Hastoe

Contact  Karen Hillhouse, Regional Head of Development, Tele; 0208 9730438 khillhouse@hastoe.com

Other Registered Providers operating in Rother include;

ABILITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION,  CLARION HOUSING GROUP,  ENGLISH RURAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION,  PEABODY SOUTH EAST LIMITED,  FIVE VILLAGES HOME ASSOC,  HOME GROUP LTD,  HOUSING AND CARE 21,  SOUTHERN HOUSING GROUP,  PETERHOUSE,  SANCTUARY SUPPORTED HOUSING,  SUSSEX HOUSING & CARE,  YMCA DOWNSLINK GROUP


Community Led Housing

Community Led Housing is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.

The Sussex Community Housing Hub has been established to provide essential support for communities across Sussex wishing to pursue successful community led housing projects.

Its aim is to increase the supply of community led housing, primarily affordable homes, to meet local needs in the areas covered by the partner local authorities.

This is achieved through advice, support and guidance - increasing knowledge, developing skills and building capacity to realise development opportunities.

It is a 'one stop shop' for community led housing, including:

  • Community Land Trusts (CLTs)
  • Co-Housing
  • Co-operative Housing
  • Self-Build

pdf icon Local Investment Plan [1Mb]
The Local Investment Plan identifies strategic key priorities for affordable housing and infrastructure investment from the Homes and Communities Agency. It covers the wider housing market of East Sussex and includes Rother, Hastings, Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes.


Building Control You may wish to use the services of the East Sussex Building Control Partnership for your development. This Building Control service is for the areas of Wealden, Eastbourne, Rother and Hastings and is operated by Wealden District Council. Using the East Sussex Building Control Partnership service ensures that any issues between Housing, Planning and Building Control can be resolved quickly and easily.


For further information about affordable housing development and development opportunities in Rother, please contact the Housing Development Officer:

Amy Fearn, Housing Development Officer on 01424 787514.

 

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