Housing Development - Affordable Housing
Weedon Hill/Buckingham Park
The Council negotiates for affordable housing to be provided within the Aylesbury Vale District to assist people who are unable to access suitable accommodation on the open market. Affordable housing is supplied as rented or intermediate tenure, such as shared ownership and is available to eligible households.
Affordable housing is housing provided below the market rate to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Homes can be for rent or intermediate tenure such as shared ownership or rent to buy.
Housing Development Team
The Council’s Housing Development Team works with its preferred Housing Association Partners or Registered Providers (RPs) to deliver affordable housing across the district. We negotiate new affordable homes through the planning system and have been successful in securing grant funding from the government to assist with delivering these schemes.
Preferred Partner Group
Our partner RPs have been chosen because of their expertise in development, high standards of design and specification, partnership working, resident and community involvement and management skills. Current partners are:
Catalyst Housing Group
Paradigm Housing Group
The Guinness Trust Partnership with Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust
Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association
Thames Valley Housing Association
Aldwyck Housing Association
Rural Housing Partnership
These associations specialise in delivering sustainable affordable rural housing across Buckinghamshire on rural exception sites. Current partners are:
Hastoe Housing Association
The Guinness Trust (with the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust)
English Rural Housing Association
The Buckinghamshire Housing Association
Affordable Housing delivery
Since 2011, working with the Homes and Communities Agency, we have delivered 878 affordable homes in the District for rent, shared ownership, and supported housing.
There are currently three major development areas under construction that are delivering new affordable homes:
Situated off the A41 Bicester Road, just west of Aylesbury town centre, Berryfields will provide a brand new community of approximately 3,000 homes. Buses serve the area, and the new Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to London Marylebone station borders the development. There will also be schools, shops, community centres and sports facilities as well as 72 hectares of green spaces.
Weedon Hill/Buckingham Park
Immediately adjacent to the A413 Buckingham Road and 2km outside of Aylesbury town centre. This is a well established development in the final phases of development. When complete there will be over 1,000 homes, a primary school, community facilities, local shops and open space.
London Road, Buckingham
This development is under a mile from the centre of the historic market town of Buckingham and will provide approximately 700 homes along with a primary school, employment land, healthcare and landscaped open spaces.
There are many other sites that are delivering new affordable housing right across the district. New schemes such as Gatehouse Quarter in Aylesbury, Thame Parkway Station in Haddenham, Verney Road in Winslow and phase 1 of the 350 home development at Newton Leys.
Rural Exception Schemes
Schemes to meet the housing needs of people in rural parishes may be developed as Rural Exception sites where planning permission would not normally be granted for market housing. These types of sites are only to be used for affordable housing. The number and type of homes to be provided on a rural exception site will be based on information from a Local Housing Needs Survey carried out by the Rural Housing Enabler.
Since 2011 rural exception schemes have been successfully delivered at Whitchurch, Thornborough, Marsh Gibbon, Quainton, Tingewick, Mursley and Slapton.
There are three other MDAs that are currently under appeal. The Secretary of State's decision regarding the appeals for the planning applications for Land north of Weedon Hill, Hampden Fields and Land at Fleet Marston is expected on or before 1 December 2014. Further information can be found on the planning section of this website.
If you would like any more information on affordable housing development please contact the Housing Development Team via the number or email address below.
If you need access to affordable housing please follow the link to our page Are you looking for a home?
Date Updated: 24/06/14