Council calls for 35% affordable housing

Tue 15 December 2015, 11:28 am

Southwark Council has called for more clarity over how much affordable housing developers should provide, saying they should deliver 35% or publish a viability assessment explaining why this canít be achieved.

The guidance for developers was set out in a Supplementary Planning Document, which detailed a commitment to make developer’s plans more transparent and open to public scrutiny.

It will apply to all major developments in Southwark, as the council responds to the public’s perception that development deals happen behind closed doors.

Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: "We know the public has had concerns about the way developments are negotiated, and we promised that we would find a way to put all this information in the public domain.

“We know developers don’t want to share this information for commercial reasons, but we want our residents to see the workings and understand that we do all we can to get the best deal for Southwark.

"We think we’ve found a great way forward – if developers don’t want to face this public scrutiny then they will have to commit to 35% affordable housing from the outset. It’s a win-win for the people of Southwark."