Consultation is launched by council on affordable homes in the Daventry area

PEOPLE can have their say on a consultation launched about how affordable homes are built in the Daventry district.

Under the current laws, any housing development of more than 15 homes in the district must comprise 29 per cent affordable housing.

However under the Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (AHSPD) drawn up by Daventry District Council (DDC) this will change. For housing schemes of five homes or more in the Daventry town needing 25 per cent affordable housing. For housing plans within the rural communities, there will be 40 per cent affordable housing.

Views on this change are being sought and, if finalised, will be used to determine housing applications in the Daventry district.

DDCs strategic planning and strategic health portfolio holder Cllr Kay Driver said: “It also sets out practical advice for those involved in the development of affordable housing and I would encourage anyone with an interest in this issue to give their feedback, which will be carefully considered as part of the consultation.

“I particularly welcome the government changes to allow a mix of market and affordable housing on exception sites on the edge of villages, as this may mean we can overcome the serious shortage of land for affordable housing.

“We are particularly keen to hear from parish councils as part of this consultation.”

The consultation runs until the end of August. It can be viewed in the reception of Daventry District Council’s Offices in Lodge Road or in Daventry, Long Buckby and Brixworth libraies.

Alternatively it can be seen by visiting