Net number of new build or conversions to affordable homes during the year
Our ambition is to provide for a mix of good quality, sustainable housing development of the right size, type, tenure and affordability to meet the housing needs and aspirations of all sections of the community.
In responding to the housing need, we propose a broad range of affordable housing options which are available to qualifying people. These provide residents with access to well designed, high quality and environmentally sustainable housing at affordable prices, regardless of property size and tenure.
These homes can be for either affordable, discounted rent or low-cost home ownership, such as shared ownership.
The number of new affordable homes for the year to March 2020 was 223. This is lower than previous years where figures were boosted by the completion of large extra care facilities. Changes to national planning policy thresholds where we can ask for affordable housing on a site or for a s106 contribution is also impacting on numbers. Any new application of less than 10 units (or 6 in a rural area) does not need to contribute to affordable housing. Most site applications in Shropshire are below this threshold.For the current financial year, the number of completions of affordable homes during the year has been 266. This consists of 36 for quarter 1, 76 for quarter 2, 85 for quarter Q3 and 69 for quarter Q4. This is a draft figure and will be confirmed by Homes England at the end of June 21. There has not been a reduction in completions due to covid, although some sites were shut down during the first lockdown which has led to a few delays, but all sites are now back up and running. Overall the number of new affordable homes is higher than the 223 delivered in the year to March 2020.
For more information on affordable homes and policy in Shropshire visit our web pages.