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Affordable housing

If you are concerned about your housing situation or threatened with homelessness, find out about homelessness prevention and support.

Social housing

Social housing, homes available to rent from a housing association, is the most affordable form of housing. Find out about the Housing Register and how to apply for a socially rented home.

Gypsy and Traveller sites

We operate a Gypsy and Traveller site at Romani Way, Edenbridge. Find out about how to apply for a pitch.

Low cost homeownership

There are a number of low cost ownership options available if you have a regular income and access to savings for a deposit and moving costs. These include First Homes, Shared Ownership and Discounted Market Housing. Our Intermediate Housing Protocol sets out the policy for allocating low cost ownership homes in the Sevenoaks District. This includes who has priority for buying a home. 

See Own Your Own Home for general information on low cost ownership options. See GOV.UK and Share to Buy for more detailed information on shared ownership and homes currently available for sale across the country.

First Homes have been permitted on the following development sites:

Shared Ownership homes will soon be ready on the following development sites:

  • Egerton Nursery, Hextable (Town & Country Housing) - all homes are now under offer.
  • Harringtons Nursery, Swanley (West Kent Housing) - homes are being marketed. Contact West Kent for further details.

Rural and community-led housing

The Rural and Community Housing Enabling service (RACE) is carrying out housing needs surveys to support the District's communities who want to provide new affordable homes for local people. The results of their surveys will be shared with town and parish councils. 

Surveys and other supporting data have identified unmet needs in various locations. New affordable homes will be provided in the following locations and priority will be given to people with a strong connection to the local parish:

  • Mills Crescent, Seal – nine homes by West Kent Housing Association.  All for social housing.
  • Land at Chequers Barn, Bough Beech, Chiddingstone – eight homes by English Rural Housing Association.  All for social housing.
  • Land to rear of Clarks Lane, Halstead – 10 homes by English Rural Housing Association.  All for social housing.
  • Harringtons Nursery, Swanley – eight homes by West Kent Housing.  A mix of social housing and shared ownership housing.
  • Egerton Nursery, Hextable – five homes by Town & Country Housing.  All for social housing.

All social housing is allocated through the Housing Register.

RACE also supports community-led housing groups such as community land trusts (CLTs) and co-housing projects. For more information, please contact the RACE team.