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New Thresholds for Affordable Housing

Pembrokeshire County Council and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority have adopted new requirements for affordable housing.

The Affordable Housing Delivery Statement was agreed by the Council at its meeting on 22nd October 2009 and by the National Park Authority on the 14th October 2009.   

The Council's policy sets out new thresholds for seeking affordable housing on development sites. They include:

  • sites with more than 10 proposed new homes in the towns of Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Neyland and Narberth.
  • in all other places where there is a net gain of five or more dwellings.

Where Social Housing Grant is available, 40% of the dwellings on the site should be affordable housing, while on sites where no grant is available, 20% of dwellings should be affordable.

The new thresholds, which replace the previous thresholds, will be implemented from 22nd October 2009 on all new residential planning applications.

The National Park Authority's policy is to seek to negotiate on sites for two or more residential units 50% affordable housing with the following exceptions where a higher percentage will be negotiated: Tenby (60%), Newport (70%), Saundersfoot (60%), Dale (80%), Dinas Cross (75%) and New Hedges (60%). One site at Crymych (the Depot site) is allocated for 100% affordable housing. 

In the National Park the new thresholds, which replace the previous thresholds, will be implemented from 2nd November 2009. Any applications received by the National Park Authority before then will be determined using the existing policy.

Notes to Editors:

The Delivery Statement is a requirement by the Welsh Assembly Government for planning authorities to demonstrate how they intend to provide affordable housing in their area.  It has been through public consultation and is adopted by the planning authorities.  The Statement also reflects the importance attached by the authorities and the Welsh Assembly Government which is committed to the delivery of 6,500 affordable homes in Wales between 2007 and 2011. 

Affordable Housing is housing which is not available on the open market.  It is either provided for rent, normally through a Housing Association, or available to buy to restricted local people who qualify at a price which is lower than that which would normally be expected for a similar house on the open market.

Social Housing Grant is funding from the Welsh Assembly Government to the housing authority to contribute to the cost of providing affordable homes in its area.

For more details contact Jane Gibson at Pembrokeshire County Council on 01437 776185 or Martina Dunne at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority on 0845 3457275.

ID: 19020 Revised: 22/10/2010