Affordable housing development - Luton Council

We are working hard to promote the provision of new affordable housing schemes throughout Luton.

How we enable new affordable homes?

Our Housing Strategy & Development Team works with Homes England and our partners to develop new affordable homes.  We are also responsible for negotiating new affordable homes on all development sites which have a planning requirement to provide affordable housing.

 The role of the team is to promote the provision of new affordable housing schemes throughout Luton.  Working with registered providers, private developers and other interested parties, we ensure that the affordable housing required within our planning policies and our new Luton Housing strategy is delivered.

What are we trying to achieve?

Luton Borough Council is trying to achieve the following through its Housing Strategy:

  • Right Homes, More homes: - to work with a wide range of partners to secure the delivery of the right mix of homes to meet Luton’s needs, including the delivery of 700 affordable homes by 2022.
  • Reducing Homelessness: – prevent homelessness and support people who are at risk of homelessness or who are homeless.
  • Good quality homes and Places: - homes and neighbourhoods that residents are proud of and to improve the poor quality homes to help the most vulnerable households.
  • Supporting wellbeing: - the right housing options for people in Luton, so they can live well – feeling included and supported and to live independently.

Within our Local Plan, for schemes of 11 or more units, the Council will seek a target of 20% on any development sites for affordable housing.  All developments will be assessed on a scheme by scheme basis, through a viability assessment to determine the numbers of rented and intermediate housing such as shared ownership.  Our Strategic Housing Market Assessment sets a guideline of 78% rented homes and 22% shared ownership homes within affordable housing developments.

The council is currently preparing a new Supplementary Planning Document on affordable housing due to be adopted in 2019.

It is best to make contact with the Housing Strategy & Development Team via before submitting a planning application to discuss the affordable housing requirement. 

Housing links to other websites - Homes England

Help to Buy East & South East

Contact info
Development and enabling team
BTS, Building 1, Kingsway Depot, Kingsway, Luton, LU4 8AU
Tel: 01582 546389
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