The role of Test Valley Borough Council in the delivery of affordable homes

What is affordable housing.

Affordable housing is traditionally homes provided for people on lower incomes who are unable to meet their housing needs through the general housing market. Affordable housing in Test Valley is developed by Affordable Housing Providers (also known as “Registered Providers” or “Housing Associations”), who focus on the delivery of affordable/social rent and low cost homeownership housing (such as shared ownership).

 

The Stategic Housing Team

The Strategic Housing Team works with a range of partners across Test Valley to provide affordable housing within the borough, these partners include Private Housing Developers, Housing Providers (Housing Associations), and Parish Councils. The council always encourages early engagement between the Council, Housing Developers and Registered Providers to ensure all partners in the delivery of new affordable housing development sites are clear on constraints and expectations, to best meet the needs for affordable homes in Test Valley. This is primarily to ensure that details of the affordable housing provision are agreed in terms of the tenure, size, type and mix of affordable housing. We are committed to ensuring affordable homes are meeting local need.

 

How affordable housing is allocated.

The adopted Local Plan for Test Valley Borough Council sets out the requirements for affordable housing in the following affordable housing planning polices: COM7, COM8 and COM9. The requirement is 70% rent and 30% intermediate housing (such as shared ownership) . Detailed guidance on delivering affordable housing can be found within the Affordable housing supplementary planning documents.

 

Affordable homes with planning permission, some of which have been delivered, in Test Valley, AUGUST 2019

NORTHERN TEST VALLEY

 

No of affordable dwellings

Rented

Shared Ownership (intermediate)

Discount Market (intermediate)

East Anton/Augusta Park in Andover

475

224

167

98

Picket Twenty

208

135

79

0

Picket Piece, Andover

142

84

58

0

Vespasian Road, Andover

8

8

0

0

Goch Way, Charlton, Andover

46

17

35

0

TOTALS

879

468

339

98

Overall total for Northern Test Valley

879 affordable dwellings

 

SOUTHERN TEST VALLEY

Fen Meadow Nursling

132

65

67

0

Broadleaf Park Nursling & Rownhams

128

90

38

0

Nightingale Lodge         Romsey

54

37

17

0

Luzborough House         Romsey

22

15

7

0

Wrens Corner  Romsey

6

3

3

0

Kings Chase      Romsey

55

39

16

0

West of Cupernham Lane          Romsey

29

20

9

0

Land at Cupernaham Lane               Romsey

8

6

2

0

Abbotswood         Romsey

18

12

6

0

Church Farm       West Tytherley

4

3

1

0

TOTALS

456

290

166

0

 

More information

Should you wish to discuss affordable housing delivery in more detail,  you represent a parish council interested in bringing forward a rural exception scheme in your village, or you and your organisation have any other interest in the delivery of affordable housing in Test Valley, please contact the housing development team.

Housing Development Team HousingDevelopmentTeam@testvalley.gov.uk