Evidence shows that most privately provided homes in the National Park have become unaffordable to families and individuals on modest incomes. House prices within the National Park are high, with the average house being sold costing some fourteen times the average salary. The result is that more people and families are struggling to meet the cost of accommodation, and younger people in particular are discouraged from remaining or settling in the area.
The South Downs National Park Authority is working to try to tackle this issue in a number of ways. This includes:
- Planning policies requiring the delivery of affordable housing on sites of 3 or more homes within our towns and villages
- On residential developments outside the towns and villages planning policies requiring 100% affordable housing (known as rural exception sites)
- Grants to those building affordable homes on rural exception sites or through Community Land Trusts.
- Information and case studies showing good practice examples
The South Downs National Park Authority is currently consulting on the draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). All information relating to the consultation can be found here.