Issue details

Affordable Housing Grant for SLHA

High Sparrowmire is a 100% affordable housing scheme being delivered by South Lakes Housing (SLH) that will provide 25 no. new build homes in Kendal. The development includes 16 social rent homes, 8 shared ownership homes and 1 no. self-build plot. Planning approval for the scheme was received in Summer 2020 (planning ref L/2018/0806), attached is the site plan and proposed drawings with further information.


One of SLH’s core objectives is ‘greening’ and as part of this they want their new build developments to be as sustainable and as energy efficient as possible. This objective aligns with the current changes in Building Regulations of no gas boilers by 2025 / The Future Homes Standard and net zero by 2050. As such, they are looking to maximise the sustainability credentials of this scheme by:


-       Building highly insulated, airtight homes

-       Removing gas boilers and replacing them with air source heat pumps

-       Providing solar panels and battery stores

-       Delivering the homes to this higher sustainability standard is adding approximately £200,000 to


SLDC grant funding is sought towards the project’s build costs. The funding will be put directly towards offsetting the additional costs that would be incurred through raising the sustainability standards of the project.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £100,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/03/2022

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  -

Decision due: 8 Mar 2023 by Cabinet

Lead member: Housing Portfolio Holder

Lead director: Director of Customer and Commercial Services

Contact: Bruce Johnson, Community Led Housing Officer Email:



Background Documents: Affordable Housing Grant Criteria