Affordable housing is social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. In the district the providers of affordable housing include the District Council and Private Registered Providers.
The planning definition of affordable housing can be found here.
The Council has a housing stock of just under 5,500 homes for social and affordable rent, in addition to over 2000 housing associations (Private Registered Providers) affordable homes available for rent or shared ownership across the district.
You can apply to rent a home on line through Newark and Sherwood Homes’ (NSH) Easylet scheme. Please click the link to view a copy of the council's allocation scheme: Allocation scheme (PDF File, 458kb)
Affordable Housing Development
The delivery of additional affordable homes across the district continues to be a priority for the Council with an objective of the Community Plan being to; ‘Accelerate the supply of new homes including associated facilities.’
There is an ongoing requirement to develop a mixed provision of affordable homes to meet the requirements of younger people, families with young children and older people across the district’s urban and rural communities.
The Council, along with enabling the supply of new affordable housing, continues to deliver directly new Council homes through its own development programme.
In addition to the Council’s own developments a range of approaches are adopted to secure the delivery of new affordable housing units in the district, through working with Registered Providers and developers.
The delivery of affordable housing is set against the Council having a robust evidence base of housing need. The Newark and Sherwood Housing Market and Needs Assessment (2014) indicated that the shortfall of affordable homes over a 5 year period was 221 homes per annum.
Affordable Housing Delivery
Over the past fourteen years, a total of 1,312 additional affordable homes have been provided across the district, through Section 106 planning agreements, 100% affordable housing developments, rural housing exception sites, the Council’s own developments and NSH Growth Programme.
In 2016 the Council approved an ambitious 5 year Council housing development programme to deliver an indicative 335 additional homes across the district, to meet the housing needs of local residents. Most recently approval has also been given to build a new 40 unit extra care scheme in Boughton.
Between April 2018 and March 2019, 115 additional affordable homes have been built across the district.
Affordable Housing Delivery 2015/16 (PDF File, 140kb)
Affordable Housing Delivery 2016/17 (PDF File, 140kb)
Affordable Housing Delivery 2017/18 (PDF File, 145kb)
Affordable Housing Delivery 2018/19 (PDF File, 126kb)
Anticipated delivery of new affordable homes
To find out where new affordable homes are being developed please look at the below link.
Anticipated Housing Delivery (PDF File, 130kb)
Low cost home ownership
Apart from renting there are also options to purchase homes at an affordable level and these are explained on the Help to Buy Midlands website.
In the district there are a number of homes that you can purchase through the Shared Ownership scheme.
If you require further information on your affordable housing options and where homes are being developed please contact the Housing Strategy & Development Business Unit on 01636 655462 or email Strategic Housing.