Local Homes for Local Need

North Norfolk has a diverse range of homes from character properties in town and rural settings, 1970s/80s estate development of bungalows and family homes through to more modern developments of housing for the Over 55s and bespoke homes of contemporary design. 

With a local housing market driven by strong demand for second and holiday homes and people wishing to retire to the area, however many local people on average wages struggle to access the housing market through being able to afford a home of their own.  Further, the availability of private rented accommodation is lower than in many other areas of the country due to the higher returns investors can make renting accommodation for holiday lets. 

This means that North Norfolk has many households who wish to access social housing, shared ownership properties and homes in the private rented sector; together with rising numbers of households in temporary accommodation.  Our ageing population also means that we have a high level of need for Housing with Care / Extra Care to allow people to live independently but in an environment where they can access care support in line with their personal needs. 

Delivering Local Homes for Local Need will therefore be a priority for the Council over the next four years. In ensuring the homes we need are delivered we will maintain a high quality in terms of design.  In addition, by ensuring new homes are built with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, we will make then more affordable to live in.

Local Homes for Local Need

Number of affordable homes built
Succeeding
30 Sep 21
92
Number of homes
Succeeding
Affordability indicator
Monitoring
31 Mar 20
9.53
Ratio
Monitoring
Numbers on the Housing Register
Monitoring
30 Sep 21
387
Number of customers
Monitoring
Number of long term empty homes
Monitoring
31 Mar 22
477
Number of homes
Monitoring
Number of new homes built of all tenures
Achieved
31 Mar 21
481
Number of homes
Achieved

Objective 1: Developing and adopting a new Local Plan

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0%
Planned
High
1.1.1 Formulate policies and proposals (Local Plan) to facilitate the delivery of housing supply
Formulate suitable policies and proposals in the new Local Plan to facilitate the delivery of forecasted housing supply to meet the needs of the District. Through the Local Plan, North Norfolk Design Guide, Building Control Regulations and other approaches, we will ensure high quality design and environmental sustainability standards are met in new housing, including: - measures to reduce water consumption - improved fuel efficiency - compliance with the National Design Guide and Design Code - provision of Development Briefs to ensure new development sites are sympathetic to local environmental characteristics - maintaining a custom/self-build register
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21
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100%
Completed
High
1.1.2 Action regarding brownfield sites
Monitor annually the availability of brownfield sites and evaluate the opportunities these present to increase the supply of development land available in a sustainable way.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-20

Objective 2: Developing and implementing a new Housing Strategy

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100%
Completed
High
1.2.1 Formulate a new Housing Strategy
2.1 Formulate a new Housing Strategy to encourage new and innovative ways of delivering affordable housing, including: • engagement of key stakeholders to identify evidence and gaps in understanding; • measures which will enable the Council to better target its resources and to focus on priority issues (Risk control)
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21
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60%
In Progress
High
1.2.2 Improve conditions and energy efficiency in private sector housing
2.2 To improve both housing conditions of occupants and address environmental objectives, we will identify the most effective interventions to improve conditions and energy efficiency in private sector housing, including: • investigating the viability of housing improvement grants/loans; • Investigating the viability of using incentives to renovate and retrofit existing housing stock through grants/loans December 2020
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21
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100%
Completed
High
1.2.3 Seek to identify and analyse the condition of private sector housing stock
2.3 Seek to identify and analyse the condition of private sector housing stock to inform consideration of initiatives such as: • selective licensing schemes • landlord accreditation • certification • grants for housing stock improvement Review complete: April 2021 Condition survey: March 2020
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-21
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25%
In Progress
High
1.2.4 Investigate the viability of methods to help reduce fuel poverty
Investigate the viability of methods to help reduce fuel poverty amongst vulnerable local residents Review complete: April 2021
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 3: Forming a housing delivery / development company

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25%
In Progress
High
1.3.1 Develop a business case for a housing company
Develop a business case for a housing company with a view to providing the Council with a way of addressing some of the housing needs in the district. Such an approach will take into account: • provision of temporary accommodation • housing affordability • becoming a trusted (private sector) landlord • potential sites for new housing development, including those for self-build • engaging with development partners • exploring external funding sources • exemplar homes Business Case; March 2020 (Risk control)
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 4: Developing and implementing a Homelessness and Rough Sleepers Strategy and Action Plan

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70%
In Progress
High
1.4.2 Investment in Temporary Accommodation
New action being added to the Delivery Plan September 2020.
01-Jun-20
to
31-Dec-21
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100%
Completed
High
1.4.1 Developing and implementing a new Homelessness and Rough Sleepers Strategy and Action Plan
Developing and implementing a new Homelessness and Rough Sleepers Strategy and Action Plan. The approach will involve exploring ways in which the Council can: • intervene early and support households to avoid homelessness; • increase the supply of temporary accommodation to meet the needs of those people who find themselves homeless; and • invest in its own accommodation to meet the needs of our community and also to reduce the cost of temporary accommodation to Council Tax payers (links to Objective 3 above) Strategy adoption December 2019. (Risk control)
01-Oct-19
to
31-Mar-20

Objective 5: Delivering new affordable homes both directly as a Council & through partnerships

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25%
In Progress
High
1.5.3 Explore acquisition of Victory Housing Trust properties for market rent in rural locations
New Delivery Plan Action added September 2020.
01-Jun-20
to
31-Dec-21
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100%
Completed
High
1.5.1 Investigate ways to support and assist affordable housing providers
Investigate ways to support and assist affordable housing providers, including the potential for a Council loan scheme for Registered Providers to facilitate a supply of affordable homes for our communities, whilst supporting the Council’s financial sustainability Scheme approval; February 2021 (Risk control)
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-21
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20%
In Progress
Normal
1.5.2 Explore ways to help households into owner-occupation
Explore ways to help households into owner-occupation, including consideration of mortgage facilitation schemes; lending to allow people to buy their own home, meaning that more local people can remain in the communities that they call home Scheme approval; February 2021
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 6: Working with partners to deliver 500 units of Housing with Care / Extra Care

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15%
In Progress
High
1.6.1 Deliver, with partners, 500 units of Housing-with-Care/ExtraCare
As the local demographic continues to age, to make sure that people can obtain the housing and support that they need throughout their lives we will work with partners to deliver 500 units of Housing-with-Care/ExtraCare. The Council will seek to be an investment partner, where appropriate, to speed delivery and secure financial sustainability Explore funding opportunities, for example through: • One Public Estate • Living Well Programme • Homes England Initial Business Case April 2020
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-24