The Council adopted its Sedgemoor Core Strategy in October 2011. This has replaced the Sedgemoor Local Plan as the principal strategic Development Plan Document for the district.
Actual contributions will be negotiated on a site by site basis having regard to viability and the nature of the site to be developed.
For more details, please refer to the Core Strategy.
When considering affordable housing implications of a development, particular reference should be made to the following Core Strategy policies:
D6 Affordable Housing
D7 Rural Housing Needs
P4 Key Rural Settlements
As a guide, The Council will seek the following affordable housing contributions from any qualifying development:
If viability is cited as a reason for a below policy affordable housing offer, the applicant will be expected to provide a detailed financial appraisal that will be independently scrutinised to verify the lower-than-policy position.
If a below policy affordable housing package is agreed, the Council will insist on an annual uplift financial review clause to be included within the legal agreement. For example, where development has not yet commenced and the financial circumstances may have improved in the meantime, this clause will allow the authority to review the finances associated with the development and therefore the affordable housing provision required on an annual basis.