Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26
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Supply survey

Building new homes

Housing associations build thousands of good quality new homes a year for sale, for rent, and for affordable home ownership.

England needs 340,000 new homes – including 145,000 affordable homes – until 2031, to meet current demand. This includes 90,000 for social rent and 25,000 for shared ownership.

Many housing associations are stepping up to fill this gap, and they have an ambition to work with the government to deliver more.

The NHF will continue support members in driving delivery and developing more affordable homes. We will address the barriers to building new homes and work closely with the government to ensure members secure better access to funding and the financial support needed to deliver more affordable housing.

The government confirmed that £12.2bn will be available in the next Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) for 2021-26 to fund both individual schemes and more longer-term, larger projects. We are continuing discussions with the government around this and working to bring about the best possible outcome for the sector.

To help inform with our work on supply, please contact Head of Member Relations, Jess Mullins, or join one of our upcoming National Development Network meetings.  

Tell us how many homes you’re building

We need housing associations to send us information on the number of homes they have started and completed so we can paint the full picture of how much the sector is building.

The housebuilding figures that MHCLG publish do not cover all delivery by housing associations – for example, some delivery through Section 106 agreements or built outside of the Affordable Homes Programme.

We carry out quarterly supply surveys to help us demonstrate the level and breadth of development activity of housing associations. If you’re a developing housing association, and don’t receive an email from us requesting your development figures, please get in touch.

Building Better

Part of our Creating our Future programme, Building Better is bringing housing associations together to form an exciting new vision for how homes can be delivered in the future.

Find out more about Building Better.


State of MMC delivery in social housing report

We surveyed 57 housing associations to establish the use of MMC across the sector. 

Read the full report

Compulsory Purchase – compensation reforms

We responded to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing
and Communities' consultation on compulsory purchase compensations.

Download our response

Environmental Outcomes Reports

We've summarised what this proposed new requirement in the planning process is and what it might mean for housing associations.

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Infrastructure Levy – briefing

Our briefing details the what the policies proposed under the new Levy might mean for housing associations, and outlines our next steps.

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Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation – consultation response

We've responded to the proposals set out in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' consultation.

Download our response

Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation – consultation briefing

Our briefing outlines what Biodiversity Net Gain, why it's being consulted on, and how it will affect housing associations.

Download our briefing