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Affordable housing

What Is It?

Here in Essex the need for affordable or subsidised housing is more important now than ever before. House prices have risen much higher than income levels resulting in a significant number of households being priced out of the market.

Historically, homes for social rent (with rents set at around 50% of market rents) and affordable home ownership have been the main source of new affordable housing. However, the introduction in 2011 of social sector development with rents of up to 80% of market rents coupled with a rapid rise in private rent and house prices it’s been difficult to deliver truly affordable housing.

What Are We Doing?

A key objective of the Housing Group is to build more affordable housing to generate a balance of tenures and affordability. This done through maximising the opportunities available from land, funding and securing the necessary planning and infrastructure to support development.

A number of authorities have or in the process of setting up local housing companies to boost housing supply including Thurrock Regeneration Ltd and Sempra Homes in Basildon. Their ambitious plans include building high quality homes on brownfield or smaller garage sites with the focus on providing homes for local people and helping to build strong and healthy communities.

A number of local authorities have also benefited from the Housing Finance Institute’s Housing Ready programme including Thurrock, Southend, and Tendring and Chelmsford.

Housing Associations are leading suppliers of affordable housing – both rented and shared ownership. Housing is typically delivered through joint ventures with house builders and or local authorities using government grant funding, Section 106 or recycled funds.

They are often major partners in regeneration and estate renewal for example at Purfleet, Craylands, Harlow and Colchester. They are also providers of a wide range of vital welfare services to the most vulnerable including supported accommodation. Partner housing association include: CHP, Colne Housing, Estuary Housing Association, Moat, Notting Hill Genesis, Peabody Trust, RentPlus, Swan Housing Group, Sanctuary Group (contact details can be found on the Members page).

Key links To Further Information

Housing Services

Your local council for housing related advice and support such as what to do if you’re at risk of homelessness, applying for council housing and claiming Housing Benefit.

https://www.essex.gov.uk/housing

Local Housing Companies

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/thurrock-regeneration-housing/new-high-quality-housing

https://www.semprahomes.co.uk/
more to be added…

Housing Associations

https://www.housing.org.uk/

https://www.housing.org.uk/get-involved/shaping-our-sector/member-engagement/east-of-england/

https://www.livingwellessex.org/at-home/finding-somewhere-to-live/housing-associations/

Affordable housing briefing

A useful House of Commons Library briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing (see links below).

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7747#fullreport

Housing & Finance Institute

The Housing & Finance Institute was established in 2015 with the support of the UK Government, businesses and councils.

It has a single purpose: to boost the capacity and delivery of housing. It does this through bringing together foremost expertise in housing and finance from across the country.

Working with central and local government and building relationships between capable councils, businesses and investors who want to do more or work differently.

Further information can be found here: http://www.thehfi.com/home/home

Current Sub Groups:

  • Affordable housing
    Helen McCabe, Thurrock BC - Lead

  • Tim Holland, Southend-on-Sea BC

  • Kim McGregor / Kitty Mortimer, Moat

  • Melanie Keys, Basildon BC

  • Daniel Baker, Essex County Council
03 Latest Affordable housing News
Celebrating Excellence in the Essex Housing sector
14/10/19

Celebrating Excellence in the Essex Housing sector

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Housing association to build 74 affordable homes on derelict site in Braintree
30/08/19

Housing association to build 74 affordable homes on derelict site in Braintree

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Essex based housing association announces new Chief Operating Officer
15/08/19

Essex based housing association announces new Chief Operating Officer

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Close Brothers £6m loan to Lynton Homes for 36 new houses in Colchester
30/07/19

Close Brothers £6m loan to Lynton Homes for 36 new houses in Colchester

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CHP launches 10,000th home
19/07/19

CHP launches 10,000th home

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Essex based housing association makes Top 50 Biggest Builders survey
19/07/19

Essex based housing association makes Top 50 Biggest Builders survey

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Essex Prevents
23/05/19

Essex Prevents

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council unveil latest phase of affordable housing development
14/05/19

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council unveil latest phase of affordable housing development

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53 affordable houses to rent, Claudian Way – Chadwell St.Mary
22/03/19

53 affordable houses to rent, Claudian Way – Chadwell St.Mary

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1,600 possible new homes to be built in central Southend
22/03/19

1,600 possible new homes to be built in central Southend

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