When is an affordable housing statement required?

An affordable housing statement should accompany applications for:

  • any development providing one or more additional homes and at least 100 sqm additional housing floor space,

  • development providing student housing,

  • shared housing, or housing for older people.

This includes applications required to provide self-contained housing as part of a mix of uses.

What information should be included in an affordable housing statement?

An affordable housing statement should include the following information:

You may need submit a financial viability assessment if the proposed contribution or payment is below the policy requirement.

Smaller housing schemes

For schemes involving additional self-contained homes (and small houses in multiple occupation) with additional residential floor area from 100 sqm GIA to 1,000 sqm GIA the statement must include:

•    a schedule of existing and proposed residential and non-residential floor area (if any) including GIA and GEA

•   the amount and type of the affordable housing contribution or payment in lieu proposed

•   a calculation/ justification for the proposed contribution/ payment.

Larger housing schemes

For schemes involving additional self-contained homes (and small houses in multiple occupation) with additional residential floor area of 1,000 sq m GIA or more the statement must include include:

•    a schedule of existing and proposed residential and non-residential floor area (if any) including GIA and GEA

•  a schedule setting out the breakdown between market housing and different types of affordable housing proposed (eg London Affordable Rent), including the breakdown by units, habitable rooms, and floor area (both GIA and where possible GEA)

•  a calculation/ justification for the overall floor area of affordable housing proposed, and the breakdown of affordable housing types

•  plans showing the location and layout and types of each affordable home proposed

•  details of the types of affordable housing proposed setting out rent levels and other costs (eg service charges).

Student housing

For schemes involving student housing, the statement must:

•  set out how the accommodation is tied via a nominations agreement to one (or more) identified Higher Education institution, accessible from the development;

OR

•  provide the information set out under the Larger housing schemes requirement above, include rent controls.

Other shared housing and housing for older people

Provide the information set out under the Smaller and Larger housing schemes requirements above, as appropriate, based on floor space.

How do I submit an affordable housing statement?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your affordable housing statement after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF)

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your affordable housing statement along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?