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Housing Development - Affordable Housing

Weedon Hill/Buckingham Park

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:

Bromford Group
Catalyst Housing Group
Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association
North Herts Homes
Paradigm Housing Group
Thames Valley Housing Association
Thrive Homes
Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Rural Housing Partnership

These associations specialise in delivering sustainable affordable rural housing across Buckinghamshire on rural exception sites. Current partners are:

English Rural Housing Association
Hastoe Housing Association
The Buckinghamshire Housing Association
The Guinness Trust
Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Affordable Housing delivery

Since 2011, working with the Homes and Communities Agency, we have delivered 1534 affordable homes in the District for rent, shared ownership, and supported housing.

There are currently two 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.

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.

Development Programme

Affordable housing is being delivered on many sites across the district.

New schemes such as the 350 home development at Newton Leys, Verney Road in Winslow and the Friars House development atop Friars Square Shopping Centre, stand alongside recently built schemes including Thame Parkway Station in Haddenham, the Jansel Square development in Bedgrove and the regenerated units at Walton Court Centre, Aylesbury.

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.

Future delivery

Further information on specific schemes 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: 05/05/15

Contact information


01296 585360