The following interim targets are currently in use for Development Management purposes, based on:
- our Affordable Housing Viability Study (AHVS) 2010
- targets approved at the 'Get York Building Programme' August 2014
- changes to national planning guidance following the Court of Appeal dated 11 May 2016, which gave legal effect to the policy set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 28 November 2014
|Brownfield sites equal to or greater than 15 dwellings||20%|
|Greenfield sites equal to or greater than 15 dwellings||30%|
|Urban sites less than 15 dwellings||0%|
|Rural sites 11 to 14 dwellings that have a maximum combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000sqm||Off site financial contribution = £23,133.80 per unit (20%)|
|Rural sites 5 to 10 dwellings that have a maximum combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000sqm||Off site financial contribution = £17,350.35 per unit (15%)|
|Rural 2 to 4 dwellings that have a maximum combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000sqm||Off site financial contribution = £11,566.90 per unit (10%)|
- the above targets and thresholds will be relevant to any applications not currently 'determined'
- existing applications have the right to submit a 'deed of variation' to S106 agreements, in line with current policy
Less than 15 homes in rural areas
Following the change to national Planning Guidance, the council can no longer seek financial contributions towards affordable housing on rural schemes of 1 to 10 units with a gross area of no more than 1,000sqm. Planning obligations on affordable housing and other matters can only be applied to schemes of 11 new homes or more or 1 to 10 new homes with a total gross floorspace of more than 1,000sqm.
You can also download a flowchart illustrating when affordable housing is to be provided on rural sites.
The commuted payment is calculated by the 'average York fixed RSL price' being subtracted from the 'average York property price' then multiplied by the '% target'.
|Dwelling threshold||Average York property price (Land Registry August 2012)||Average York fixed RSL price||% target||Commuted payment|
|2 to 4 homes||£180,502||£64,833||10%||£11,566.90|
|5 to 10 homes||£180,502||£64,833||15%||£17,350.35|
|11 to 14 homes||£180,502||£64,833||20%||£23,133.80|
If the threshold is triggered OSFC is payable on a site-by-site basis:
|Site size (number of dwellings)||% target||Off site financial contribution|
|3||10||£23,133.80 (2 x £11,566.90)|
|4||10||£34,700.70 (3 x £11,566.90)|
|5||15||£69,401.40 (4 x £17,350.35)|
|6||15||£86,751.75 (5 x £17,350.35)|
|7||15||£104,102.10 (6 x £17,350.35)|
|8||15||£121,452.45 (7 x £17,350.35)|
|9||15||£138,804.00 (8 x £17,350.35)|
|10||15||£156,153.15 (9 x £17,350.35)|
|11||20||£231,338.00 (10 x £23,133.80)|
|12||20||£254,471.80 (11 x £23,133.80)|
|13||20||£277,605.60 (12 x £23,133.80)|
|14||20||£300,739.40 (13 x £23,133.80)|
Individual site assessments
Given the conclusions reached in the AHVS, developments within York should be able to provide the target levels of affordable homes approved for Development Management purposes. Therefore no individual site assessment will be required where submissions achieve these targets and this is to be encouraged in order to reduce time on further analysis and negotiation.
For all site thresholds, the developer still has the right to pay for and submit an independent 'open book appraisal' to justify circumstances where the target is not considered to be viable. Such appraisals will be carried out by the VOA and be paid for by the developer.
Section 106 and Nominations Agreements - sample Heads of Terms
Section 106 and Nominations Agreement sample heads of terms have been set, following extensive consultation with developers and Registered Providers. These will be customised for each scheme. Please get in contact with the planning case officer or a member of the Housing Development team if you would like to discuss further.
Approach to affordable housing policy in York
An affordable housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will:
- support the AHVS
- give clear and consistent guidance
- react to changing circumstances, such as new housing need and mix
- give detailed information and advice on the operational approach to affordable housing policy in York
- explain the York 'dynamic model' used to change the short term targets annually
- explain the process of negotiation
- manage on site expectations related to integration and quality, tenure mix, subdivision of sites, application of grant, nomination criteria and viability assessments
Affordable housing advice note
The affordable housing advice note forms non-statutory guidance to supplement the policies and proposals of the City of York Local Plan Incorporating the 4th Set of Changes, it:
- provides guidance and advice on how to include affordable housing in development schemes
- is aimed at all groups involved in affordable housing (council officers, developers, landowners, parish councils, registered providers and local interest groups)
The affordable housing advice note has not been updated to include the interim targets set out above, which were last approved in August 2014. This will be replaced through the Local Plan. These supersede the targets in the advice note.