Agents and Developers

The provision of new affordable housing is a top priority for the Forest of Dean District Council.

Affordable housing

The Government's definition of affordable housing is:

'Affordable housing includes social rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.'

Affordable housing should:

· Meet the needs of eligible households including availability at a cost low enough for them to afford, determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices.
· Include provision for the home to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households or, if these restrictions are lifted, for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.

We have been working with other nearby councils to produce the Forest of Dean Strategic Housing Market Assessment and Housing Needs Assessment. This shows supply, demand and need in the housing market. It suggests possible options for the future for both market and affordable housing. Much of the information is specific to the Forest of Dean and will inform the emerging Local Development Framework.

We have our affordable housing requirements clearly set out in policies within the Council including our Local Plan

Our Supplementary Planning Document on Affordable Housing states our requirements regarding affordable housing. It makes reference to housing need in the district, policies regarding affordable housing, types of affordable housing, requirements and the process involved.

We work with many Housing Associations in the district. The list below provides contact details for them.

List of Housing Associations

If you require any further information, please contact:-

Keith Chaplin
Housing Strategy & Enabling Officer
Forest of Dean District Council
Council Offices
High Street
GL16 8HG

Telephone 01594 810000 or by email