Broadland Housing Association agreed with Martham Parish Council to carry out a survey about housing need in the parish.
If the survey identifies there is sufficient need for affordable homes, Broadland Housing Association will work in partnership with the Parish Council and local landowners to deliver either a 100% affordable housing scheme or a mixed-tenure housing exception scheme in the village, dependent on need and funding.
Exception housing schemes are provided on land in the countryside that would otherwise not be permitted for development. The homes on an exception housing scheme are allocated using the Local Allocations Agreement. This ensures that homes are prioritised for households with a local connection to the parish where the scheme is located and the adjoining civil parishes. In this case the scheme forms part of a larger allocated development at the entrance to the village, off Repps Road.
Housing need in rural areas can often be hidden and not necessarily visible to the wider community or statutory authorities. An individual or household is considered to be in housing need when:
- they require separate or alternative accommodation AND
- they are unable to rent or buy housing generally available on the open market.
Two tenures of affordable homes are typically provided on exception housing schemes:
- Affordable rent properties are let at rents discounted at 80% of market and generally capped at the Local Housing Allowance.
- Shared ownership allows a household to buy an equity share of their home and pay rent on the portion retained by the housing association. Broadland Housing Association will retain the freehold. Shared owners are able to purchase equity shares up to an 80% cap of property value.
A small number of market sale homes may also be required to generate cross-subsidy and make the affordable homes more financially viable.
Whether you consider yourself to be in housing need or not, the information you provide is important as it will help give a wider understanding of the local housing market. Information you provide will be treated as strictly private and confidential and only used for the purposes of this survey.
All households are asked to complete Part 1 of the survey. Those who consider they have a housing need for affordable rent, shared ownership or market sale are asked to also complete Part 2 of the survey.
If there is more than one person or group of people living within your current household potentially needing separate accommodation, then they should complete separate survey forms. Previous residents of the Parish who have moved away and wish to return may also complete the survey.
If you have any queries, please contact Adam Ballard.