The term “Affordable Housing” is often used in a planning context and as such is defined by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to mean a specific type of housing. To many members of the public “affordable housing” means homes which people can afford to buy, or “low cost market housing”. In order to avoid confusion the NPPF definition of “Affordable Housing” is reproduced here. Whenever the term is used in the context of the Neighbourhood Plan it is housing described by this definition which is being referred to.
National Planning Policy Framework Definition of Affordable Housing
Affordable housing: Social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing,
provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Eligibility
is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Affordable
housing should include provisions to remain at an affordable price for future
eligible households or for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable
Social rented housing is owned by local authorities and private registered providers
(as defined in section 80 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008), for which
guideline target rents are determined through the national rent regime. It may also
be owned by other persons and provided under equivalent rental arrangements to
the above, as agreed with the local authority or with the Homes and Communities
Affordable rented housing is let by local authorities or private registered providers
of social housing to households who are eligible for social rented housing.
Affordable Rent is subject to rent controls that require a rent of no more than 80%
of the local market rent (including service charges, where applicable).
Intermediate housing is homes for sale and rent provided at a cost above social
rent, but below market levels subject to the criteria in the Affordable Housing
definition above. These can include shared equity (shared ownership and equity
loans), other low cost homes for sale and intermediate rent, but not affordable
Homes that do not meet the above definition of affordable housing, such as “low
cost market” housing, may not be considered as affordable housing for planning
NPPF website link –
URS Housing Needs Survey October 2014
Follow the link to the Housing Needs Survey conducted on behalf of the village Neighbourhood Plan by URS.