Affordable housing development

Affordable housing includes social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households.

We provide affordable housing alongside private registered providers.

You can apply for social housing on our website.

We have a housing stock of just under 5,500 homes for social and affordable rent. In addition there are more than 2,000 housing association affordable homes available for rent or shared ownership across the district.

Apply to rent a Council home

You can apply to rent a Council home online through our choice-based letting scheme. Find our more on how we allocate homes (PDF File, 267kb)

Developing affordable housing

The delivery of additional affordable homes across the district is a key priority in our Community Plan. We’ve made an ongoing commitment to develop a mixed provision of affordable homes to meet the requirements of younger people, families with young children and older people across our urban and rural communities.

The Newark and Sherwood District Council Housing Needs Assessment 2020 shows a need for 243 affordable homes each year across the district with an average of 109 being built each year between April 2013 and March 2019.

We continue to deliver new Council homes directly through our own development programme.

In addition we work with registered housing providers and developers to deliver new affordable housing units in the district. affordable housing supplementary planning document (PDF File, 786kb) explains how we’re doing this in detail.

Affordable housing delivery

Over the past 14 years, a total of 1,312 additional affordable homes have been provided across the district.

These have been delivered through:

  • Section 106 planning agreements
  • 100% affordable housing developments
  • rural housing exception sites
  • our own developments
  • the growth programme

See where and how we’ve delivered affordable homes so far in the documents below:

        Affordable housing delivery April 2015 to March 2016 (PDF File, 140kb)

        Affordable housing delivery April 2016 to March 2017 (PDF File, 140kb)

        Affordable housing delivery April 2017 to March 2018 (PDF File, 145kb)

        Affordable housing delivery April 2018 to March 2019 (PDF File, 721kb)

        Affordable housing delivery April 2019 to March 2020 (PDF File, 577kb)

Affordable housing delivery April 2020 - March 2021 (PDF File, 695kb)

Affordable housing delivery April 2021 - March 2022 (PDF File, 679kb)

In 2016 we approved an ambitious five-year council housing development programme to deliver 335 additional homes across the district which will complete in 2023. So far more than 200 homes have been completed under the scheme with a further 72 currently under construction and due for completion by early 2022. We have also delivered two extra care supported living schemes in Newark and Ollerton. The program is on track to deliver the 335 new homes as a further 44 houses are due to be completed during 2022.

More information about the extra care developments is available on our website.

View where new affordable homes are being developed (PDF File, 210kb)

Low cost home ownership

Apart from renting there are also options to purchase homes at an affordable level. These are explained on the Own Your Home website. There are a number of homes that you can purchase through the shared ownership scheme.

For more information on your affordable housing options and where homes are being developed please contact the Housing Strategy & Development team by calling 01636 650000 or by emailing