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Affordable Housing SPD Consultation

Affordable Housing SPD Consultation

South Downs National Park Authority is preparing an Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD provides further guidance to support the implementation of South Downs Local Plan policies, in particular Policy SD28: Affordable Homes and Policy SD29: Rural Exception Sites.

The SPD therefore support Local Plan Objective 8: To protect and provide for the social and economic wellbeing of National Park communities supporting local jobs, affordable homes and local facilities.

It covers a number of detailed matters including: viability appraisal; financial contributions in lieu of on-site provision; vacant building credit and review mechanisms.

Once adopted, the SPD will be a material consideration for relevant planning applications.

The SDNPA consulted on a draft of the SPD from September – November 2019.  The SDNPA has considered the responses received during the consultation and amended the SPD as considered necessary.

The SDNPA has prepared a Consultation Statement in accordance with Regulations 12 (a) and (b) of the Town and Country (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, and is making the amended draft SPD and Consultation Statement available for comment from Monday 2nd March to Monday 6th April 2020 prior to the SDNPA adopting the SPD.

If you would like to comment on the amended Draft Affordable Housing SPD or Consultation Statement, please respond either:

  • by email to;
  • Or in writing to Planning Policy, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

The SDNPA has screened the draft SPD as to whether or not a Strategic Environment Assessment or Appropriate Assessment is required. This determination statement was also available during the consultation period.

The documents are also available to view at the South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH.


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