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APPENDIX THREE

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

A1.      Table 1:

Showing how the local needs survey sub-areas can be combined to form the local plan sub-areas

Survey Sub-area

Parish

Local Plan Sub-area

Northern parishes

Barlborough

Bolsover

Northern parishes

Clowne

Bolsover                        

Northern parishes

Creswell

Creswell and Whitwell

Northern parishes

Whitwell

Creswell and Whitwell

Old Bolsover

Bolsover

Bolsover

Shirebrook

Shirebrook

Shirebrook

Central Villages

Ault Hucknall *

Bolsover

Central Villages

Glapwell

Shirebrook

Central Villages

Pleasley

Shirebrook

Central Villages

Scarcliffe  *

Shirebrook

Southern parishes

Blackwell

Alfreton

Southern parishes

Pinxton

Alfreton

Southern parishes

South Normanton

Alfreton

Southern parishes

Tibshelf

Alfreton

A2.      The table shows that the survey sub area of the Southern parishes matches exactly that of the local plan sub-area of Alfreton, the other survey sub-areas, when combined, fit into the local plan sub areas (if the Bolsover and Creswell/Whitwell local plan sub areas are also combined) with the notable exceptions of the parishes of Ault Hucknall and Scarcliffe (as indicated by *).  Scarcliffe is split by the local plan sub-area, but not by the local needs survey sub-area and Ault Hucknall is in the survey sub-area of the Central Parishes, yet is included in the Bolsover local plan sub-area. These do not match the sub-area combinations suggested, so this is a slight anomaly.

A3.      Table 2:

Results of the postal housing need survey, as produced by John Herrington Associates:

Sub-area

Main households

Concealed households

Total          as %  

% unable to buy

% unable to rent

             

Northern parishes

87

34

121

37.5

50

50

Old Bolsover

47

0

47

14.6

100

0

Shirebrook

7

8

15

4.7

not known

not known

Central Villages

15

4

19

6.0

40

60

Southern parishes

100

19

119

37.1

76.9

23.1

Total

256

64

321

100

62.8

37.2

A4.      Table 3:

Showing the hidden need expressed by the postal survey, combined with the known need from the council's waiting list:

Sub-area

Hidden need (from survey)

Known need (waiting list)*

Total       as %

% unable to buy

% unable to rent

Northern parishes

121

87

208

34.2

50

50

Old Bolsover

47

36

83

13.7

100

0

Shirebrook

15

71

86

14.2

Unknown

Unknown

Central Villages

19

18

37

6.1

40

60

Southern parishes

119

74

193

31.9

76.9

23.1

Total

321

286

607

100

62.8

37.2

* The known need from the Council's house waiting list refers to those who meet the councils criteria of being in immediate need (priority need) this is defined by a points system.  In addition to these 286 considered to be in need now, an additional 265 households are on the waiting list but do not score the requisite points to be considered in need now.  These 265 households have a less immediate need which should, however, be addressed.  In reaching their conclusions the consultants produced the following table (Table 4) as a summary of the overall level of housing need which should be addressed in the district during the plan period.

A5.      Table 4:

Level of housing need in Bolsover District (1997).

Gross housing need

Hidden need from survey (1997)                                                        320
Known need from council waiting list                                                 551
(286 - priority need)
(265 - on waiting list, not priority)

871

Resources available to meet the need

Net Housing Association lettings in existing stock 31.3.96 - 1.4.97 74
Net local authority lettings 31.3.96 - 1.4.97                                       406
New lettings from new housing associations rented                           93
New lettings from new housing association shared ownership           2

575

Net Housing need

296

A6.      These figures have been used to justify the level of need expressed in para 3.52 of the local plan, and will be used by the council to prepare its housing strategy.  The level of need for about 300 dwellings can be subdivided into the structure plan sub-areas (the Bolsover and Creswell/Whitwell sub areas are combined for this purpose).  This gives the following indication of how allocated sites (of a size over the threshold stated in para 3.55 of the local plan) can contribute towards meeting this need.

A7.    Table 5:

Indicating the number of affordable housing units which the council will seek to negotiate on allocated housing sites (HOU3)

Sub-area

% of need

No. of dwellings needed

Less new units provided by strategy (to 2000)

Qualifying allocations in sub area

Number of affordable units on allocated sites

Alfreton

31.9

95

14

Park Lane Pinxton

Birchwood Lane, South

Normanton

Primrose Hill, Blackwell  

48

 
150

 
45

3
 

8


2

Shirebrook

20.3

61

80

Terrace lane, Pleasley      

56

3

Bolsover & Creswell / Whitwell

47.9

144

48

East St/North St, Doe lea 

Church Road, Stanfree      

Adin Ave, Shuttlewood    

Main St, Carr Vale          

Skinner St, Creswell     

Model Village, Creswell 

75
 

37
 

50
 

50
 

135
 

125

4
 

2
 

3
 

3
 

7
 

6

Total

100

300

142

   

33

A8.    LOCAL NEED CRITERIA

For purposes of the reference to local need criteria in paragraph 3.61 the following definitions should be used:

(1)  A person resident is defined as a person who has lived continuously within the relevant area for not less than 4 years.

(2)     A person with local connections is defined as someone who is related to a resident of the relevant area who has lived continuously in that area for more than 10 years.

(3) A person employed by a firm located within the relevant area.

                  
A9.      CASCADE APPROACH FOR OCCUPANCY

Paragraph 3.61 of the local plan states that in certain circumstances it may be appropriate to use conditions or S.106 obligations to secure appropriate occupancy.  Where this is the case the following cascade approach may be used.

Allocation should be to (a) persons resident (1), (b) with local connections (2), or (c) employed by a firm located within (3):

Level 1)      to (a) persons resident (1), (b) with local connections (2), or (c) employed by a firm located within(3) the parish in which the affordable housing is provided.  If no such person(s) can be found....
Level 2)      to (a) persons resident (1), (b) with local connections (2), or (c) employed by a firm located within(3) a parish immediately adjacent to the parish in which the affordable housing is provided.  If no such person(s) can be found ...
Level 3)      to (a) persons resident (1), (b) with local connections (2), or (c) employed by a firm located elsewhere within the district.  If no such person(s) can be found ...
Level 4)      to (a) persons resident (1), (b) with local connections (2), or (c) employed by a firm located within(3) a district council area immediately abutting this district.

The allocation of housing to an appropriate person should be sought for a 6 week  period at each level before allocation cascades to the next level of eligibility. In exceptional circumstances if all levels of eligibility have been explored and the property remains unoccupied it may be disposed of on the open market.

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