The lack of affordable housing is a national issue, but the need is even more acute in the Lake District National Park.
We do not build houses. But as the organisation responsible for planning in the Lake District National Park, we try to make sure new buildings or conversions are of a type needed by people who live and work locally.
We do this through:
This sometimes appears in estate agents' adverts. It means the property can be sold to a person who is employed, about to be employed or was last employed locally. And also people who have lived locally for three years or more.
Affordable housing includes social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Affordable housing should:
We use legal agreements, known as Section 106s, to make sure that houses remain affordable not just for the first occupant but for future residents too, or in perpetuity.
For an explanation of the government's housing strategy and the definitions of affordable housing we use, please look at the National Planning Policy Framework (opens in new window)
These legal agreements place restrictions on affordable housing. They are drafted under the provisions of section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
You can use the sample agreements as templates. They show the sort of restrictions that can be placed on affordable property. The exact wording depends on the property's location and whether a housing association is involved.
1. Registered Social Landlord and Local Needs Mix agreement (Word document)
Used by a housing association for a site containing a mix of Local Needs Housing and Local Affordable Needs Housing.
2. Private rental and Local Needs Mix agreement (Word document)
For a private developer for a site which includes a mix of Local Needs Housing and Local Affordable Needs Housing.
3. Registered Social Landlord Rental Only agreement (Word document)
Used by housing associations on sites where all the homes to be built are to be rented out by the housing association at an affordable rent.
4. General non-housing agreement (Word document)
This can be used as a template for planning restrictions unconnected with affordable housing. For example to prevent parking or restrict future buildings being erected in a particular area.
These refer to people on low incomes and lower house prices.
Last updated December 2012: Since the adoption of the Core Strategy in October 2010 we have granted planning permission for:
Much of the new housing to be developed over the next five years or so is likely to be built by Housing Associations. These associations also have properties to rent or buy a share in. Local associations include (all links open in new window):
Six local authorities and eight housing associations have developed a single system to let Council and housing association homes in Cumbria. More information on Cumbria Choice (opens in new window).