Affordable Housing

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.

The Leigh Housing Needs Survey was sent to every household in the parish. You can find

- the covering letter from Leigh Parish Council here

- the Housing Needs survey here 

The full report of the survey can be found here 

In summary, 

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 respondents)

Section 2 – Housing Need

* 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 1 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 http://www.ruralkent.org.uk
For more information about English Rural Housing Association see https://englishrural.org.uk

If you would like to know more about Affordable Housing in Leigh, please contact the Clerk, Louise Kleinschmidt, on 01892-740753 or email Louise.leighclerk@hotmail.com