Leicester City Council’s Housing Development Team encourages the development of affordable homes for people who are excluded from the private housing market.
A recent review of affordable housing needs in Leicester (Strategic Housing Market Assessment, 2008
) concluded that more homes were required for social rent, along with some intermediate housing.
Based on current data (October 2010), households most excluded from the private housing market are:
- Large families (needing four or more bedrooms)
- Households needing one or two bedrooms
- Households requiring wheelchair accessible homes.
Main areas of work
The Housing Development Team’s main areas of expertise:
- Securing new affordable homes on Council-owned sites via new council house building and/or new developments by Registered Social Landlords
- Seeking to include a percentage of affordable housing in all new proposals for large residential developments
- Negotiating with developers to ensure that any new affordable housing is of the type and size most needed to include wheelchair accessible homes.
- The Council has its own enhanced standards requirements for affordable wheelchair housing . Please refer to the Council's wheelchair brief for more detailed information.
- Encouraging and enabling investment in affordable housing in liaison with a range of partners, including the Homes and Communities Agency, Registered Social Landlords, house builders, site-owners, planners, etc
- Helping to manage the redevelopment of Council housing stock and land as required.
Housing Development Team
Leicester City Council
A10, New Walk Centre
Leicester City Council LE1 6ZG
Tel: 0116 252 8714.
November 2012 -
Two sites identified for Registered Providers’ bids.