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The main role of the Housing Development team is to deliver on the Council's corporate objective of helping to provide affordable homes for local people.
The Housing Development team works in partnership with a variety of agencies including developers, Registered Providers, the National Park Authority, the Homes and Communities Agency, and the third sector, to deliver affordable homes and housing solutions throughout the New Forest. We aim to address housing need by encouraging a variety of tenures; affordable rent, shared ownership and intermediate rent and low cost home ownership.
A preferred partnership of Registered Providers work with the Council to deliver affordable homes, these are:
- Spectrum Housing Group
- Raglan Housing Association
- Aster Homes
- First Wessex
- The Hyde Group
- New Forest Villages Housing Association
We are a founding member of the HARAH Partnership (Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing) with 6 other local authorities, working together with the Homes and Communities Agency, Rural Housing Enablers and Hyde Housing Association to deliver rural housing through rural exception sites to meet the needs of local people.
The council is also a member of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), a partnership dedicated to sustainable economic-led growth. PUSH covers the Waterside and Totton areas of the New Forest.
Since 1 April 2006 the National Park Authority has been responsible for planning within the National Park area and we work closely with them to maximise opportunities to meet affordable housing targets.
The Housing Development team can provide advice on the type, size and tenure of affordable housing that they would support for any particular location in the New Forest. We would recommend that you read Advisory Note on the Implementation of Core Strategy Policy CS15 to familiarise yourself with what the Council are seeking for affordable housing. The full Core Strategy Policy is also available.
There is no longer a site size threshold. Most residential developments are now required to include provisions for affordable housing (see policy CS15) The Level of affordable housing requirements have increased from 35% to either 50% or 40% depending on the location. (see policy CS15).
We also operate a Private Sector Leasing scheme which manages properties on behalf of owners. These properties are leased for a minimum of two years and are used to house households waiting for affordable housing, giving people a stable housing environment and cutting out the need for bed and breakfast accommodation, helping to prevent homelessness. Our team also administers the similar Housing Association Leasing Scheme with our partners Sovereign and First Wessex.
Further information for property owners seeking to lease their property can be view in the Private Sector Leasing Scheme document
Developing affordable housing;
Javed Ditta, Housing Development Manager 023 8028 5588
Private Sector Leasing Scheme:
Anne Horbury, Affordable Housing Officer 023 8028 5588
For further information you may wish to look at the following sites;