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Building new homes

Building new homes

One of our priorities is to ensure that people in North Lincolnshire have access to affordable homes. We do this in two main ways:

  • Planning policy to encourage developers to build certain types of homes 
  • Supporting housing associations develop homes with funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

Home Building Fund

The launch of the £3bn Home Building Fund has now been announced. It will be administered by the HCA as part of a wider package of Government support to help boost housing supply. Visit the Home Building Fund webpage for more information.

The Fund provides loan funding to private sector partners to either:

  • meet the development costs of building homes for sale or rent, or,
  • for site preparation and the infrastructure needed to enable housing to progress and to prepare land for development. 

This can support schemes from a minimum of five units, with a minimum investment of £250,000 and maximum investment of £250m. Funding is available to be drawn down by 31 March 2021. 

Building affordable housing

New affordable homes can be built through two ways:

  • HCA funded projects
  • Planning gain

If you are looking to build new homes in North Lincolnshire you may be required to provide some affordable housing as part of your planning application.  Please contact our Development Control Team or the Strategic Housing Team if you would like to discuss affordable housing contributions.

Planning information

We have an affordable housing policy, which is as follows:

New residential housing developments of 15 or more dwellings in the Scunthorpe urban area; five or more dwellings in Market Towns; or, three or more dwellings in rural settlements must make provision for an element of affordable housing which is accessible to those unable to compete in the general housing market.

This policy seeks to achieve the following proportion of affordable housing:

  • 20 per cent in Scunthorpe urban area and in market towns
  • 10 per cent in rural settlements.

A target of 70 per cent of the affordable homes will be provided for rent, with the remainder provided as an intermediate tenure, to be agreed on a site by site basis.

Wherever possible, affordable housing should be provided on-site, but an off-site contribution may be acceptable where:

  • Management of the affordable housing on-site cannot be secured effectively; or
  • Affordable housing provision elsewhere in more suitable settlements is more likely to contribute towards the creation of mixed communities.

Planning permission will be granted for the release of small rural exception sites within, or adjacent to, the development limits for 100 per cent affordable housing, where a local need has been clearly identified.

All proposals must be substantiated by evidence that the scale of development proposed meets the identified needs.

For further information please contact the Strategic Housing Team.


01724 297429

We also work in partnership with local housing associations to support them to make funding applications from the HCA to develop specific affordable housing schemes.

Examples of homes developed with housing associations, using HCA funding include:

  • Ashby Meadows, Extra Care scheme for older people in Scunthorpe
  • Rural exception site, Kirton in Lindsey
  • Rural exception site, Ulceby
  • Build Your Future housing for young people in Scunthorpe
  • Assisted Technology scheme, Epworth
  • Build Your Future for young people in Brigg and Ashby
  • Socially rented homes in Hibaldstow and West Butterwick
  • Older persons homes in Hibaldstow.

The Guide to Affordable Housing in North Lincolnshire provides information about affordable housing in North Lincolnshire. 

You can download  the complete Guide to Affordable housing in North Lincolnshire [PDF, 3Mb], or alternatively the document has been split into its chapters for easier viewing:

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Last updated: 23/01/2017
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