Affordable housing development

The role of the 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.

In addition and as a result of changes to the way council housing is financed we have also begun to build council housing again. The programme is a modest one providing around 25 new council homes a year.

As part of our arrangements for the City Deal we have agreed to provide an additional 1000 homes on rural exception sites by 2031 so we will be focused on working with our Registered Social Landlord partners and our City Deal partners to achieve this.

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

Within the Council's Local Development Framework, 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) with no more than 10% being for smaller homes (one bedroom). Each scheme will be looked at on an individual basis and it is advantageous to make contact with our Housing Development Team at an early stage of negotiations.

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

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

Community-led housing

We encourage community-led housing schemes to come forward and have a range of support and funding available to communities to make this possible. For more information please visit our community-led housing page.

The Housing Development Agency (HDA)

The Greater Cambridgeshire Housing Development Agency was created as a partnership between the City Council, County Council and South Cambs District Council. The purpose of the HDA is therefore to be a shared agency or similar governed by the local authority partners to the City Deal that will bring together a team with the required skills; knowledge and experience to efficiently and effectively;

a.            Make best use of land and funding made available by the City Deal partners to deliver new housing - with a focus on affordable housing, but including all tenures.

b.           Acquire new housing land and deliver additional housing through innovative partnership and funding mechanisms 

The vision of the H DA is to provide a leading role for local authorities to drive – with pace and certainty - the delivery of housing that is affordable.” 


Email- Gill Anderton - Housing Development Manager or call 01954 713 377

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

Affordable homes for local people on exception sites

An 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.

PDF icon Rural exception site leaflet

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 and Communities Agency, which is responsible for the construction of new social homes.

Contacts for Registered Social Landlords operating in South Cambridgeshire District Council - PDF iconregistered_social_landlords_contacts.pdf

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.

Information on Housing Needs & Tenure types

Information relating to housing needs within the District (taken from our Housing Register) which may be useful when looking at the property types and tenures for particular schemes is contained in our housing statistical information leaflet 2017

Housing Needs Surveys

Housing Needs surveys carried out by Cambridgeshire Acre since 2009

Commuted Sums

Although procurement of land for affordable housing is the Council's main priority, it has become apparent that 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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