When is an Affordable Housing Statement required?
An affordable housing statement should be prepared for all proposals involving larger new residential development:
- principle and Key Services Centres such as Kendal, Ulverston, Grange over Sands, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdaleon sites of or more units no less than 35% of the total number of dwellings must be affordable
- in Local Service Centres and where a proposal constitutes in filling or rounding off to meet local need
- on sites of 3 or more units no less than 35% of the total number of dwellings must be affordable
Exceptionally, a lower requirement may be acceptable where there is clear evidence that it would make the development unviable. Further information is included in Appendix 1 of the South Lakeland Core Strategy.
What should an Affordable Housing Statement contain?
The statement should identify what, if any, provisions are to be made for affordable housing including the size, location and tenure of the units.
The affordable housing statement should also include details of any Registered Social Landlords acting as partners in the development. Ideally this should be linked to the draft Heads of Terms for a Section 106 Agreement as set out in 'SLDC Affordable housing guidance for developers'.
Please note that it is now the council's policy to charge for the drafting of a Section 106 Agreement.
Details of the relevant cost for this work can be obtained from Legal Services.
The level of affordable housing that will be required within any scheme should be discussed with the planning officer at an early stage.