Affordable Housing Development

Our role as the Enabling Team involves working with partners to improve the supply of affordable housing in the City. Affordable housing is housing which is provided to meet the needs of those who are unable to afford to buy or rent housing generally available on the open market. In Worcester this normally takes the form of Housing Association houses and flats for social rent or purchase on a shared ownership basis. We work with private developers and Housing Associations to bring forward sites for new affordable homes.

The day to day activities of the Strategic Housing Team working to deliver affordable housing include:

  • liaising with the Planning Department and other Council Departments to develop sustainable affordable housing schemes
  • co-ordinating the Housing Associations Capital Programme and bids against the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme.
  • Negotiating with private developers to achieve a percentage of affordable houses on larger sites (over 12 dwellings) which will be transferred to a Housing Association for the provision of affordable homes.
  • responsibility for liaising with the Housing Corporation and day-to-day liaison with more than 20 housing associations, monitoring housing association activity and performance across management and development issues.
  • liaising with partner housing associations on a regular basis to discuss affordable housing opportunities.

New Street, Worcester -£2.2 million development of much needed temporary accommodation in Worcester which is an example of what can be achieved on a small 'brownfield' site. A total of 22 one and two bedroom apartments, all for rent, have been built by Spa Housing Association, working with Worcester City Council.