Affordable housing

Delivering affordable housing

Although the Council no longer owns, manages or develops affordable housing, it does play an important role in supporting its delivery within Elmbridge to meet identified needs.

Who provides new affordable housing in Elmbridge?

Most new affordable housing is delivered by housing associations.

What types of new affordable housing are being delivered?

We encourage the development of different types of affordable housing to meet the variety of needs which exist.  These include:

  • rented homes for households on the Council’s Housing Register

  • affordable home ownership (including shared-ownership and shared-equity) for households who wish to own their own home but who cannot afford to buy without financial assistance

  • supported housing to enable vulnerable people to live as independently within the community

How is affordable housing being provided in Elmbridge?

It's being delivered in a variety of ways, including:

  • housing associations building affordable housing on land they have purchased

  • housing associations re-developing land or buildings they already own (for example, under-used garage sites)

  • buying existing housing on the open market and converting it to affordable housing

  • through the application of our planning policies, which will seek either a financial contribution towards the provision of affordable housing or delivery of affordable housing on the development site (depending on the number of homes to be built)

What are our planning policies around the delivery of affordable housing?

Our Core Strategy is the key document within the Local Plan and it confirms that we aim to deliver at least 1,150 affordable homes between 2011 and 2026. 

Policy CS21: Affordable Housing sets out our planning policy in relation to affordable housing delivery and detailed guidance on the application of this policy is contained within section three of the Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document.

How much affordable housing is being provided in Elmbridge?

In the five years between April 2011 and March 2016, just over 400 affordable homes have been delivered in the borough, at an average of 80 per year.  In the year between April 2015 and March 2016, 62 affordable homes were provided, with 54 being new-builds and eight delivered through other means.

In the year to March 2017, around 40 more affordable homes are expected to be delivered in the borough.  The bulk of these are going to be delivered on two sites:

  • Former Royal British Legion Social Club, Heathfield Close, Hersham
    Paragon Community Housing is developing eight affordable homes at this site, which are expected to be completed by Spring 2017. Five of these homes are to provided as general-needs affordable, rented housing whilst the three others are to be acquired by Transform Housing & Support to provide low-level supported accommodation. 
  • Rydens Enterprise School, Hersham Road, Hersham
    The residential development linked to the provision of a new school is set to provide 296 homes over the coming years, with 128 of these being provided as affordable housing by A2 Dominion.  It is expected that the first 30 affordable homes will be built by Spring 2017.

How do I get considered for these homes?

The general-needs rented housing will be let through SEARCH Moves, with priority given to households with a local connection to Elmbridge. To be considered, households will need to apply to join the housing register.

Any shared ownership homes will be sold to households who are eligible for Help to Buy shared ownership, with priority given to households who live or work in Elmbridge.  Households should register with Help to Buy East and South East as a first step.

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