Affordable housing

Help to Buy Scheme: If you want to purchase a home of your own, but can’t afford to buy on the open market, Help to Buy could be your way onto the property ladder. The Government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help you take your first steps into home ownership.

There are a number of Help to Buy products designed to make buying a home more affordable. You can buy a home using one of the home ownership options, or rent a home at less than the market rent, allowing you to save for a future deposit.

How are houses allocated?

WDC operates a choice based lettings system to allocate homes. Applicants need to be on the WDC housing list and then they bid for vacancies suitable for their needs. Homes are allocated to highest priority applicants with a local connection to the parish and who have been on the waiting list the longest. Priority bands are:

  • A emergency, urgent priority
  • B high priority to move
  • C identified housing need
  • D no housing need

Having a ‘local connection’ means (at least one of the following):

  • living in the parish for over 2 years
  • living in the parish for at least 3 out of the previous 5 years
  • having close relatives living in the parish (e.g. mother, father or siblings)
  • having a genuine offer of work in the parish, providing an important service to the community and having to live locally.

If people are eligible for affordable housing it is vital they register on Wealden’s housing list. You can contact the clerk for further information or get in touch with WDC direct. For more information visit: