Affordable Housing Development

We ensure the affordable housing development required in our district is delivered.


The role of our Housing Development Team is to promote the provision of new affordable housing schemes throughout the district.

Working with Registered Social Landlords, private developers, parish councils and other interested parties, we ensure that the affordable housing required within our planning policies and our housing strategy are delivered.

We are committed to providing affordable homes for local people.

Part of our role is to focus on bringing forward exception site schemes, working with parish councils and Registered Social Landlord partners, to provide much needed affordable housing in our villages.

Our overall aims are...

  • An increase in the supply of housing which is affordable to local people
  • develop sustainable new communities in major developments
  • an overall increase in the supply of affordable housing in South Cambridgeshire
  • make best use of planning policies which require developers to provide affordable housing when they build market housing
  • develop a close partnership with Cambridge City Council for planning and delivering new housing around the edge of Cambridge, including shared nominations to affordable housing on all strategic sites
  • increase the housing choices available to people with disabilities, including an increased supply of wheelchair accessible housing and extra care housing.
  • increasing the supply of affordable housing

On developments of 11 or more dwellings (or on sites of less than 11 units if the combined gross internal floor space of the proposed development exceeds 1,000 sqm), 40% of any private development will be sought for affordable housing purposes.

As a general rule, we would look towards a split of 70% rented and 30% intermediate housing (such as shared ownership). 

The highest demand for affordable rented homes is for one and two bedroom properties. We look for affordable rents to be set within the LHA rates.

Each scheme will be looked at on an individual basis.

It's advantageous to make contact with our Housing Development Team at an early stage of negotiations, for advice on the proposed tenure and property mix

Detailed guidance on the provision of affordable housing has been produced as part of the Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).  Affordable Housing SPD

Contact the team

strategic.housing@scambs.gov.uk

Email: Uzma AliDevelopment Officer or phone 01954 712 995

Email: David Ousby - Development Officer (Growth) or phone 01954 713 012

Email: Gina Manderson - Housing Strategy Assistant or phone 01954 713 356

Affordable homes for local people on exception sites


An rural exception site is a site outside the village framework/development boundary which would never normally get planning consent, but may be considered where it provides affordable homes for local people.

For more information, download our Rural exception site leaflet or visit our rural exception sites web page.

If you have a piece of land you'd like us to consider for development, complete our onlinepotential rural exception site form.

Community-led housing

Community-led housing is a way for local people to deliver good quality and affordable homes that meet their community’s needs.

We encourage community-led housing schemes to come forward.

We have a range of support and funding available to communities to help them along their journey to provide an affordable housing scheme.

For more information, please visit our community-led housing page.

Council New Build Programme


We have also embarked on a modest programme for building around 25 new council homes a year. 

Following the changes to the way housing is financed, we're able to fund this programme through reinvesting our 'right to buy' receipts.

For more information on our new build programme, please contact us:

Email- Gill Anderton – Head of Housing Development (New Build) or call 01954 713 377

Email - Sarah Lyons - Development Officer or call 01954 713 331

Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s) in South Cambridgeshire

Registered providers (often known as social landlords) are the bodies that own and manage social housing.

They tend to be non-commercial organisations such as local authorities or housing associations.

Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit organisations that can use any profit they make to maintain existing homes and help finance new ones.

Registered providers are financially regulated and funded by the government through the Homes England, which is responsible for the construction of new social homes.

To find registered social landlords operating in South Cambridgeshire District Council, download our registered social landlords contacts list.

Please note that the contact details given relate to staff working in development only.

If you require a general telephone number, please look on their individual websites for further details.

Housing Needs and Tenure types



For information relating to housing needs within the District (taken from our Housing Register), download our housing statistical information leaflet 2017.

This may be useful when looking at the property types and tenures for particular schemes.

Housing Needs Surveys

The Council works in partnership with Cambridgeshire ACRE and a number of Housing Associations to deliver affordable housing for villages in South Cambridgeshire.

The Housing Needs Survey complements the Housing Register by adding to the Council’s understanding of housing need in rural communities.

The survey questionnaire is posted to every address in the village and has been carried out by Cambridgeshire Acre since 2009.

Find out more about the 
Housing needs survey.

Commuted Sums


Although procurement of land for affordable housing is our main priority, there are certain smaller schemes where, for various reasons, the inclusion of affordable housing may not be appropriate.

It has therefore been agreed that, in exceptional circumstances, a commuted sum may be an acceptable alternative to the provision of land/units of affordable housing on residential developments within village frameworks.

A decision as to whether a commuted sum is acceptable in any given circumstance will be considered as part of the determination of the planning application.

The Housing Development Officer will be able to provide advice to applicants as well as the Area Planning Officers, but will not be empowered to make decisions in this regard.

All monies received from commuted sums will be ring-fenced for affordable housing purposes in the District.

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