FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

18 May 2021

My records show that your authority does not have an adopted Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme.

 

In light of the national mandatory direction that whilst Affordable housing is residential development for CIL charging purposes, it is subject to 100% social housing relief.

 

In your authority area, what is the policy/practice for an application for a development of 100% affordable homes as regards s106 financial contributions?

 

For example, 100 homes with a mix of tenures all classified as affordable and submitted by a housing association



East Herts Council Response

15 June 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

The response below is provided from the Planning Service: -  

In your authority area, what is the policy/practice for an application for a development of 100% affordable homes as regards s106 financial contributions?

The only specific policy for 100% affordable housing is District Plan policy HOU4 – Rural Exception Affordable Housing Sites. There is no exemption for affordable dwellings from the requirements for planning obligations as set out within the East Herts District Plan (2018) policy DPS4 or the existing Supplementary Planning Documents (available here https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy ). The starting point would be to treat an application for 100% affordable homes as any other proposal for residential development and an application would be informed from the calculators in the SPDs alongside consultation responses (for example Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group). In accordance with the Government advice (see here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/viability) it is up to an applicant to demonstrate the need for any viability assessment at the planning application stage which may then result in contributions being reduced below the requirements set out in policies.  

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