We have an interim 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.