Affordable Housing SPD - adopted March 2010’
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are intended to expand upon policy or provide further detail to policies in adopted Development Plan Documents (DPDs).
When adopted, SPDs form part of the Local Development Framework but do not have development plan status and are not subject to independent examination.
The Affordable Housing SPD expands on district-wide affordable housing policies included in the Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD).
These policies seek to secure the provision of an appropriate level, mix and size of affordable housing, including on rural exceptions sites, so that new housing developments planned in the district address the identified housing needs of all parts of the community.
It provides guidance to applicants and agents preparing development proposals to ensure the affordable housing proposed meets desirable standards at an affordable price to benefit all potential future occupiers.
The Affordable Housing SPD also builds on national policy: Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing and Circular 05/05: Planning Obligations, which seek to provide a balanced and fair approach to the creation of mixed and balanced communities.
The Council adopted the Affordable Housing SPD on 2 March 2010.
We carried out consultations in January and February 2014 on proposals to amend the wording of the Mortgagee in Possession Clauses of its Affordable Housing SPD to include them as standard practice and extend their use to Rural Exception Sites.
The partial review of the SPD will now not be pursued. The issue will be incorporated in a comprehensive review of the Affordable Housing SPD in parallel with the final stages of the new Local Plan in order to have an up to date SPD ready for adoption alongside the new Local Plan.
If you would like more information on SPD, please e-mail Planning Policy on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (01954) 713183.
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