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Affordable housing statement

Used to assess the provision of local affordable housing as part of any residential scheme, in the context of our planning policies.

When required

Kendal, Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston

Ten or more dwellings, the affordable housing requirement is 35% on-site provision.

Milnthorpe and Kirkby Lonsdale

Ten or more dwellings, the affordable housing requirement is 35% on-site provision.

Nine dwellings, the affordable housing requirement is 35% either on-site provision or commuted sum (accepted only in exceptional circumstances).

Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Three or more dwellings, the affordable housing requirement is 35% on-site provision. This is the current South Lakeland Core Strategy Policy CS6.3.

Two or more dwellings, the affordable housing provision is 50% on-site provision. This is the emerging Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Development Plan Document (DPD) policy and will be given significant weight in the lead up to its adoption in February 2019.

South Lakeland District Designated Rural Area (excluding the Arnside and Silverdale AONB and the settlements of Milnthorpe and Kirkby Lonsdale)

Ten or more dwellings, the affordable housing requirement is 35% on-site provision.

Six to nine dwellings, the affordable housing requirement is 35% on-site provision or commuted sum (on a case by case basis).

Vacant Building Credit

Where vacant buildings are being reused or redeveloped, the affordable housing requirement will be reduced by a proportionate amount equivalent to the existing gross floor space of the existing building. We will consider whether or not the building(s) have been made vacant for the sole purpose of redevelopment. We will consider if the vacant building credit is appropriate on a case by case basis. 

Draft heads of terms (PDF/36KB/5 pages) for the provision of affordable housing by way of a S106 Agreement should be included in your statement.

Guidance

An affordable housing statement should specify what is being proposed with regard to affordable housing and should provide a justification for the amount and type proposed.

A typical affordable housing statement should include details of the following:

  • the total number of all residential units
  • the number of affordable units; numbers of bedrooms and property types across all tenures to demonstrate representative mix of unit types and sizes
  • plans showing the location of units
  • the different levels or types of affordability or tenure proposed for different units. This should be clearly and fully explained in line with policy expectation
  • explanation as to how the affordable housing units will be managed

The affordable housing statement should be accompanied by a report from an independent chartered surveyor and should provide market valuations for each affordable unit.

If the level of affordable housing proposed on site or contribution towards off-site provision is less than required by policy, this should be fully justified and will normally require a viability assessment.

Affordable Housing Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PDF/262KB/9 pages)

Fee for affordable housing appraisals

  • one to 10 dwellings £720 including vat
  • 11+ dwellings £1,440 including vat

Please note there is a separate fee, payable in addition to the standard planning fee, for applications requiring a viability assessment.

The fee is to cover our costs in appointing an independent professional to evaluate the assessment submitted.

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