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:
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.
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.
Some Section 106 agreements require you to apply for a certificate of local affordable housing need before occupying a property, or when a property is sold. You should submit an application form for certificate of local affordable housing need (PDF opens in new window) or application form for certificate of local affordable housing need (Word document opens in new window) to our Solicitor.
This sometimes appears in estate agents' adverts. Occupancy restrictions mean only people who meet certain criteria can live in a particular house. There are three key types of restriction:
Restrictions vary from property to property, and need to be checked on a case by case basis. The vendor and their estate agent should have a copy of any restriction readily available because these are important documents.
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):
Two unitary authorities and six housing associations have developed a single system to let Council and housing association homes in Cumbria. More information on Cumbria Choice.