The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (LBRUT) draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) looks at ways in which the council can ensure that the maximum level of affordable housing is being delivered on development sites within the borough.

The new detailed guidance will support the adopted Local Plan policies and look at how we will assess viability of proposed schemes within the planning process.

This update to the existing SPD, has been carried out to reflect new or updated requirements in the Local Plan and guidance published by National Government, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

By keeping the guidance up to date, LBRUT can ensure it maximises opportunities to deliver genuinely affordable housing through the planning process. The consultation is open for feedback until 1 August 2022.

LBRUT have also provided some explanatory notes that answer many common questions about the context of the SPD while highlighting some of the other work that is happening to prioritise the delivery of affordable housing. The information within the common questions can assist residents in better understanding more about the SPD and its role.

Cllr Jim Millard, Richmond Council’s spokesperson for Housing, said:

“Delivering affordable housing is a key priority for this administration. The updated Affordable Housing SPD will play a key role in ensuring we can deliver these new homes. This is a technical document, but for any residents who wish to get more involved in local matters and the local planning process, I encourage you to take the time to familiarise yourself with the document and to please provide us with any feedback you might have.”

View the draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

Anyone can make comments on the document, by emailing or by post to Spatial Planning and Design, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ.

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

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