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Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)

The Mayor's long term strategic aim is to make half of all new homes in London affordable, he intends to acheive this by:

  • investing more in affordable housing
  • bringing forward more public land for affordable homes
  • increasing the amount of affordable housing delivered through the planning system

The new London Plan is currently being developed and will incorporate this aim. A consultation draft of the new London Plan will be published in Autumn 2017. In the meantime, the Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) consultation draft provides guidance to ensure that existing policy is as effective as possible.

The main aims of the SPG is to:

  • increase the amount of affordable housing delivered through the planning system
  • embed the requirement for affordable housing into land values
  • make the viability process more consistent and transparent

It will also ensure that development appraisals are robustly and consistently scrutinised as well as speeding up the planning process for those schemes which are delivering more affordable homes.

Consultation

A consultation on the SPG ran from 29 November 2016 to 28 February 2017. Consultation responses are currently being analysed and views expressed will be taken into account before the document is finalised. 

The document

The Draft Affordable Housing & Viability SPG can be downloaded as a PDF below. 

Draft Affordable Housing & Viability SPG