West Hoathly Parish

including Highbrook, Selsfield, Sharpthorne, Tyes Cross and West Hoathly

NeighbOURhood PLAN


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WHY New Homes?

Residents desire:

  • More opportunities for their offspring to live locally
    in starter or social housing
  • The possibility of "downsizing" locally in later life
  • The primary school and pre-schools to thrive
  • Services (shops/pubs, tradesmen) to remain viable

Mid Sussex Housing Register seeks 16+ affordable homes for people with local connections (30% of new homes should be affordable; 16 is 30% of 53)

As a community we want to attract funds to invest in infrastructure (eg traffic management) - new homes will help provide this.

Housing Requirement

Over the Plan period [2014-2031]

50 - 60 new homes

meeting local wishes
are required.

This equates to fewer than
4 new homes a year.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing includes social rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

Affordable housing should:

  • Meet the needs of eligible households including availability at a cost low enough for them to afford, determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices.
  • Include provision for the home to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households or, if these restrictions are lifted, for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.

Intermediate housing is homes for sale and rent provided at a cost above social rent, but below market levels; this can include shared ownership (part buy /part rent units) and shared equity.

There are 2 ways for affordable housing to be developed.

  • The draft District Plan proposes that 30% of any development is a contribution to affordable homes. For sites of 4 or more houses this would be houses which would then be run by a housing association. If a development is for less than 4 houses developers should make a financial contribution towards affordable homes elsewhere but this is unlikely to be local.
  • A rural exception site is where a fully affordable site is developed on land, usually adjacent to the built up area, where a landowner is willing to sell it for near agricultural value. This is the route previously explored by the Parish Council and District Councils with no success.

Mid Sussex have agreed that, for parishes in the AONB (i.e. West Hoathly), the first letting of any new affordable housing within the parish which results from a market development allocated in a Neighbourhood Plan will be to people on the Housing Register who have a local connection. For any subsequent lets 50% of the homes will be prioritised for letting to people with local connections in perpetuity.

For rural exception sites all of the dwellings are prioritised for people with a local connection.

Note: someone with local connections either has family in the parish or works within the parish.


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