Hounslow welcomes Mayor of London's guidance on affordable housing and viability

Plans for new guidance on the transparency of the amount of affordable housing required for new developments, is supported by Hounslow Council.

Published: Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

Image of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan visiting the Lampton Road site in Hounslow
Photo credit: Greater London Authority (GLA)

Plans for new guidance on the transparency of the amount of affordable housing required for new developments, is supported by Hounslow Council.

A key recommendation in the new Supplementary Planning Guidance on Affordable Housing and Viability by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, requires the need for transparency in viability assessments where developers are unable to provide 35 per cent of affordable housing.

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, Hounslow Council, said: “I welcome the Mayor of London’s planning guidance and in particular that he has acknowledged the need for transparency in viability assessments.

“Hounslow was one of the first boroughs to require viability assessments to be made publicly available two years ago. We ensure that they are published with other planning documents on the Council’s website.

“Whilst the Mayor of London has set a 35 per cent threshold for affordable housing, we at Hounslow will continue to push for 40 per cent across all developments, with an appropriate mix of low-cost affordable rented accommodation and other tenures such as shared ownership, in accordance with our Local Plan.

“Hounslow would welcome further measures to ensure the delivery of genuinely affordable housing, such as a stronger presumption in favour of social housing provision, unless there is demonstrable evidence to contrary.” 

“Where developers are unable to provide this, they must supply viability information that is transparent and open to scrutiny. The Council has also launched a review mechanism to retrieve funds back for affordable housing where developments make more profit than what was estimated.”