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We are working on updating existing and new SPDs, which provide further details on the implementation of policies and/or site allocations for key development sites as contained within the adopted Local Plan. Details of previous consultations on drafts are below, and further details will be added below as these and other SPDs progress.

Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

We are currently consulting on the Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) until 1 August 2022.

The draft Affordable Housing SPD provides further detailed guidance to support the adopted Local Plan policies with regard to affordable housing and how we will assess viability within the planning process. This update to the existing SPD (2014), is to reflect new or updated requirements in the Local Plan and also guidance published by National Government, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  

Alongside the SPD are some explanatory notes to answer common questions about the context of the SPD and highlight some of the other work that is happening to prioritise the delivery of affordable housing, which may be helpful to read first.

The draft SPD consists of:

Note that the existing SPD Annex C (marketing pro-forma) and Annex D (on case studies) will not form part of the new updated SPD.

There are reference copies to view at the Civic Centre and in all of the borough’s libraries. View library details including opening hours.

How to respond

We would welcome your views. You can respond in the following ways:

  • By email to, or
  • By post to Spatial Planning and Design, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ

Please note that responses are not treated as confidential, and any anonymous responses will not be accepted.

There may be a developer roundtable to enable discussions during the consultation period if there is sufficient interest. If you would like to attend this, or for any other direct queries, contact

What happens next?

Following this consultation, and having considered your views, the final SPD will be adopted by the Council. Once adopted, the SPD will become a material consideration when assessing any such future planning application that comes forward.



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