Affordable Housing Frequently Asked Questions

These are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about affordable housing.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is defined as social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.  Affordable housing should include provisions to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households.

How do I find out if I am eligible for an affordable home?

To find out if you are eligible visit the Somerset Homefinder website;

What is intermediate housing?

Intermediate housing means homes for sale or rent at a cost below market housing.  For more information on intermediate homes to buy, please visit the Help To Buy website.

Who do you work with to deliver affordable housing in Mendip?

We work with a list of housing associations who are our, Preferred Affordable Housing Development Partners. They will work with the council to deliver new affordable homes across the district. Partners will work to support increased delivery, take part in regional debate, develop housing and planning policy, and develop best practice sub-regionally, while meeting local affordable housing priorities. For more information download the list for details of our main and accredited develop partners working in Mendip.

  • Knightstone
  • Selwood
  • Stonewater
  • Yarlington

What are your affordable housing plans and policies?

We are responsible for preparing and implementing the appropriate plans and polices that will deliver affordable housing in Mendip.  We aim to deliver 30% affordable housing on residential sites with ten or more dwellings.

DP11 (Affordable Housing) and DP12 (Rural Exception Schemes) of the Local Plan (the main planning policy document for the district) outline the broad, long-term vision for affordable housing in Mendip.  Our Local Plan can be viewed here.

What are community land trusts?

Community land trusts are non-profit, community-based organisations run by volunteers that develop housing and other assets, such as Gypsy and Traveller sites to be owned and controlled by the community, and made available at affordable levels.

What about self build?

We are committed to supporting self build development for local people wishing to access market or affordable housing.  Self build, or custom build, is simply the process of building your own home. Together with other councils in England, we have been asked by the government to research the demand for self build locally. You can apply to join our self build register, either as an individual or as a group online here

The National Custom and Self Build Association and the Self Build Portal website bring together a range of stakeholders including developers, local authorities and community groups and provide information and support for those wishing to get involved in self build projects. 

Who do I contact to find out more?

To find out more about affordable housing development or self build please contact our Housing Enabling Team via email -