Affordable Housing

The site that the Parish Council is proposing for a small scheme of affordable housing is on Station Hill, Moorden. If you would like to more about the Leigh Affordable Housing scheme, or if you would like to register your interest in one of the units, please contact the Clerk.

 

Sevenoaks District Council has produced a new Guide to Developing Affordable Homes in Rural Communities.

This guide is a series of factsheets that sets out the pathway to enable affordable rural housing development, it offers guidance about the finance, whom can and should be involved and expels the myths around who is allocated affordable rural homes.

Affordable Housing is so important in rural areas, as house prices are so high, both to buy and to rent, that local people very often just can't afford to continue to live here and have to move away.

Covering letter from Leigh Parish Council

The Housing Needs Survey (2017)

Housing Needs Survey Report

Moorden Lane Map

To summarise the Housing Needs Survey Report: 

Section 1 

  • Response rate - 28%
  • 83% respondents were owner occupiers
  • 66% respondents lived in village for over 10 years
  • When asked if respondents would support a small development of affordable housing for local people in Leigh, 73% who answered the question said they would (69% of all residents) 

Section 2

  • Total need for affordable housing = 19 households consisting of 7 single people, 5 couples and 7 families.
  • 18 households currently live in Leigh parish and one lives outside but wants to return
  • Need for 15 rented properties identified (1,2 and 3 beds)
  • Need for 4 shared ownership properties identified (1 and 2 beds) 

The Parish Council will now make a list of possible sites, and will work with Sevenoaks District Council, Action with Communities in Rural Kent and English Rural Housing Association to consider this list of sites and compare them with SDC's criteria for rural affordable housing.

For more information about Action with Communities in Rural Kent please see the Rural Kent website
For more information about English Rural Housing Association see the English Rural website