Affordable Housing in Malvern Hills District SPG
The Malvern Hills District Local Plan contains policies aimed at
increasing the amount of affordable housing provided within the
district through the planning process. The purpose of supplementary
planning guidance is to provide additional information explaining
how Local Plan policies are implemented when planning applications
for new housing development are submitted by landowners and
- Thresholds for affordable housing
CN2 of the Malvern Hills District Local Plan requires up to half of
all new housing development on sites of 0.5 hectares and over, or
15 dwellings or more, in Malvern to be made available for
For the rest of the district up to half of sites of 0.2 hectares,
or 5 dwellings or more, should be made available for affordable
- Funding for affordable housing
Affordable housing should be made available as an integral part of
the new housing development. Exceptionally a financial contribution
can be made by the landowner/developer to the district council in
lieu of on-site provision, or off-site provision may be considered.
Financial contributions will be based on the Total Cost Indicator
(TCI) figures published annually by the Housing Corporation.
- Legal Agreements
All affordable housing provided within the district will be the
subject of a legal agreement which will set out the arrangements
for its delivery, normally to a Registered Social Landlord (RSL),
and guaranteeing that it remains affordable in perpetuity,
regardless of tenure.
Development of the SPG
Consultation of the draft Affordable Housing SPG
was undertaken from 16th January 2004 until 27th February
2004. Consultation included the publication of a summary leaflet,
was wide ranging and included all local authorities within
Worcestershire, other adjoining districts, Government Office for
the West Midlands, the Housing Corporation, Countryside Agency, all
town and parish councils and housing associations. The consultation
undertaken for the Draft SPG, which included adverts in the local
press and other publicity, has been comparable with that undertaken
to meet the statutory requirements for consultation required under
the legislation for development (Local) plans.
A total of 34 responses were received from 9 respondents.
Following consideration of the responses received during the public
consultation stage, the SPG was adopted for Development Control
purposes at Planning Committee on the 1st June 2004.
Where can I see a copy of the Supplementary Planning
The Affordable Housing Supplementary
Planning Guidance is available to view at the following
(A hard copy of the Affordable Housing SPG can be purchased
from our Customer Service Centres at a cost of £10.00 plus £1