Affordable Housing

Affordable HousingThe Council is continuing to work with its partners to deliver new affordable homes for local people to rent or buy.

The provision of affordable housing covers both homes for rent and low cost home ownership. If you are in housing need now, or are likely to be in the future, please apply either to Homefinder Somerset (rented) or Help to Buy South West (low cost home ownership).

Some affordable housing is delivered on sites in partnership with housing associations and other development partners. Other homes are delivered as a Developer Contribution as a result of a planning application. This means that if there is a development, chances are there will be affordable housing being provided. Regardless as to how it is delivered, it can only be justified with adequate housing need information.

Since April 2005 the Council has delivered 341 affordable houses of which 244 were for rent and 97 for Low Cost Home Ownership.  

One of the major challenges facing the Council is the development of Hinkley Point C and the increased demand for accommodation for the workforce, in addition to the 1,132 people in West Somerset  registered on Homefinder Somerset . If you have any queries in relation to the Hinkley Point development please contact Heather Crockford

The ability of the Council and its partners to deliver affordable housing within West Somerset is largely dependent on landowners being willing to sell land for a realistic affordable price. Plots of land do not have to be large, in some parishes just three or four additional homes will meet the identified housing need.

If you have any land you may be willing to sell please contact Heather Crockford, Housing Enabler in the first instance.

Churchill Way, Watchet









Summerfield Homes have built 33 homes on this site, 15 of which are for rent via Magna West Somerset. The other 18 are low cost sale direct from Summerfield Developments.  The MWS properties include four 2-bedroom bungalows targeted at existing tenants who want to down-size from larger family homes.

Westcott Mead, Exford

Rented homes at Westcott Mead, Exford, developed by Falcon Rural Housing.

Allers View, Dulverton

Magna West Somerset development at Allers View, Dulverton.

These 12 houses were build by Devonshire Homes and completed in December 2011. All of them are being rented by local people in accordance with Exmoor National park’s criteria. The scheme also includes allotments which will be managed by a local allotments association. There will also be a wildflower meadow that can be used by the residents.

Townsend Court, Williton

Rented homes at Townsend Court, Williton, developed by Magna West Somerset.