Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Our Affordable Housing SPD contains advice to be addressed in all proposals for new residential use. The Council continues to apply local policies contained within its development plan.

Latest update

March 2017

The Council raised consideration of affordable housing contributions from small sites in appeal decisions with the Planning Inspectorate. The correspondence is available:

January 2017

The Publication Local Plan was adopted for development management purposes at the Cabinet Meeting of 13 December 2016. The Publication page contains the Publication Local Plan and sets out all the details of the Publication consultation from 4 January and 15 February 2017.

June 2016

Following a report to the Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2016 (item 10 on the Local Plan Pre-Publication Version), the adoption and use of the Pre-Publication Local Plan Affordable Housing policy LP 36 has been agreed for determining planning applications and development management purposes.

The policy, set out in Appendix 1 to the Cabinet Report, continues to seek affordable housing contributions from all sites, based on the Council’s local circumstances as set out in the Cabinet report (see paragraphs 3.15 to 3.19). The local evidence referred to is available from the Council’s research and monitoring webpages.

The extract of the Pre-Publication Local Plan Affordable Housing policy LP 36(pdf, 381KB) is from the Pre-Publication Local Plan which was subject to consultation from 8 July to 19 August 2016.

SPD documents

The Council consulted from 27 April to 8 June 2012 on the draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This is an update of the 2003 SPG, to reflect changes in the policy context and the funding of affordable housing. The advice is to be addressed in all proposals for new development or changes of use for wholly residential and mixed use sites incorporating residential use.

The current Affordable Housing SPD was adopted on 6 March 2014. Read our adoption statement(pdf, 23KB).

Further information and guidance to assist with the SPD

Further information and guidance will be added to help you understand and apply the Affordable Housing SPD.

The Council has adopted a Tenancy Strategy(pdf, 54KB). This includes guideline rents which can be used in the commuted sum calculation spreadsheet (Annex A of the SPD) to assess a contribution towards off-site affordable housing:

Levels of rents per week for affordable rented units
Bed size Total Benefit available under Welfare Cap % of welfare benefits to be available to meet housing costs Guideline Rent in Expensive private rented areas in Richmond
One Bedroom £350 60% £210
Two Bedroom £500 45% £225
Three Bedroom £500 40% £200
For larger units, these should be set by target rents
size cost
4 bed units approximately £155 per week
5 bed units approximately £170 per week

Note that to explore on site provision and/or values for full viability modelling this should be informed by discussions with the Council’s Housing Development Manager, and Registered Providers to take account of full guidance as outlined within the SPD and all of the Council’s relevant housing strategies and guidance, including the Intermediate Housing Policy Statement.

A London Borough Development Viability Protocol (consultation 22 February to 20 March 2016) draws on best practice across London to set out overarching principles for considering development viability and may provide useful additional guidance for developers (note it does not alter existing policies).

Unilateral Undertaking for Planning Obligations

The Council’s guidance on submitting a draft Unilateral Undertaking also includes a template for an affordable housing contribution.

Frequently asked questions

A series of frequently asked questions(pdf, 38KB) have been put together, to answer some of the queries raised on the guidance.

Updated: 12 June 2017