Supplementary Planning Documents

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

The Affordable Housing SPD was approved by the Executive Committee on the 20 June 2011. The document provides guidance on:

  • The circumstances in which affordable housing will be required
  • The size and type of affordable housing required
  • Requirements for the design, appearance, layout and distribution of affordable housing
  • The calculation of financial contributions for off-site provision of affordable housing
  • How financial contributions received by the Council will be used to support the delivery of affordable housing
  • The allocation and release of appropriate sites in rural village areas.

The full document can be downloaded below:

Further guidance on submitting a viability assessment is available to download below:

Viability Assessment

Where a viability assessment is submitted with a planning application, the costs of an independent financial assessment must also be submitted with the application. For sites of 1-9 dwellings, the cost is £1,500 plus VAT, and for sites of 10 or more dwellings, the cost is £2000 plus VAT with the fee for large schemes to be negotiated on an individual basis.

The SPD will be used as a 'material consideration' for development management purposes including as part of negotiations on all relevant planning applications and pre-applications involving residential development. It will replace the current Affordable Housing SPG (November 2003).

Keeping Informed

If you would like to be kept informed of progress on the Affordable Housing SPD or any part of the LDF and you are not already on our database, please let us have your details:

Telephone: 01923 727106
In writing: Development Plans Service, Three Rivers District Council, Northway, Rickmansworth WD3 1RL.

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents

The Council adopted the the Open Space, Amenity and Children's Playspace SPD on 11 December 2007 and is available to download below.