Policy C5 

Affordable Housing through Rural Exception Sites

To enable the provision of affordable housing in the rural areas, the Council will consider proposals for 100% affordable housing on sites which would not normally be acceptable for general market housing, where there is a demonstrable need from people with a local connection.

This ‘Rural Exceptions’ housing shall remain ‘affordable’ in perpetuity to continue to meet local need. Starter Homes will not be provided on rural exception sites as they cannot be held in perpetuity in the same way as affordable housing. Rural Exceptions schemes will be considered in settlements with a population of fewer than 3,000 where a demonstrable need exists.

Provision may also be made where groups of villages can demonstrate a combined local need. In some circumstances(most likely due to viability), it will be acceptable to provide an element of market housing on rural exception sites, to cross subsidise the affordable housing.