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Local Planning Guidance Note No.28 - Affordable Housing

This leaflet provides a guide to supplementary information required in connection with applications for Affordable Housing.

This guidance note amplifies Unitary Development Plan policies aimed at securing affordable housing through the planning system. It will form a material consideration in the determination of all relevant planning applications.

This revised guidance note was adopted by the Council in February 2013, following extensive public consultation.

Background

Some local people have genuine difficulties in securing affordable housing. The problems associated with affordability are caused by a range of factors - influencing supply and demand. Supply has become more restricted due to a significant decline in the numbers and availability of council housing, rises in house prices, accessibility of mortgage finance and limited supply and relatively high rent levels in the private rented sector. At the same time demand has increased due to newly forming and smaller households, growing numbers of older people and inward migration. The planning system is one of the most important mechanisms to secure affordable housing to meet the needs of those unable to compete in the local housing market.

Planning Policy Context

The Wrexham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) sets the local planning policy context for the delivery of affordable housing in the County Borough. This Local Planning Guidance Note amplifies the following UDP policies:

Policy H7 requires an element of affordable housing to be provided on developments of 25 or more dwellings. The Council will normally expect that 25% of the total site capacity to be provided as affordable housing. It will not be acceptable to deliberately subdivide or phase the total development in an attempt to avoid this threshold.

Adopted April 2005 Updated April 2013