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.