Affordable & Extra Care Housing SPD Addendum

SPD Addendum Response Report SPD Addendum Response Report  

What is the Addendum to the Affordable Housing and Extra Care Housing SPD?

The South Gloucestershire Core Strategy (adopted December 2013)policy CS18 sets out how residential developments should make a contribution towards affordable housing as a planning obligation.  


A  percentage (35%) of the dwellings should be provided on sites over a threshold in urban areas of 10 or more dwellings, or 0.33 hectares irrespective of the number of dwellings.  In rural areas the threshold is 5 or more dwellings or 0.2 hectares.  The Affordable Housing and Extra Care Housing Supplementary Planning Document (adopted May 2014) (SPD) provides further detail and guidance on how the policy should be implemented.  The thresholds are also contained in the SPD.


The National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) published amendments in November 2016 which set a national threshold of 10 dwellings or fewer when no planning obligations should be sought from developers, whether in urban or rural areas, except for certain rural areas designated by the Housing Act 1985, including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where a threshold of 5 dwellings or fewer would apply.  There are some AONBs in South Gloucestershire but no designated rural areas.


Amendments to the NPPG made in May 2016 introduced a national policy, the Vacant Building Credit, whereby vacant buildings that already existed on a development site would be taken into account as a credit when assessing the affordable housing contribution to be made by the development, if they were to be demolished or brought back into lawful use.


What we are consulting on, and how your feedback can shape the Addendum:

Until the Core Strategy is refreshed to take account of changes in national planning policy, policy CS18 and the SPD will not be altered.  However, in order to clarify the council’s approach to implementing the changes described above, it is proposed to publish an Addendum to the SPD, which is the subject of this consultation.  It does not propose any new council local plan policy - instead it sets out the council’s approach to the new national guidance. 


This consultation seeks views on:


  • Whether the purpose of the addendum document is clear and understandable
  • If the addendum contains a correct interpretation of the Vacant Building Credit guidance
  • Does the addendum constitute a reasonable implementation of the changes in national planning policy?


How you can have your say:

You can send us your questions, comments or suggestions:

South Gloucestershire Council
Department for Environment and Community Services
PO Box 1954

Strategic Housing Enabling


BS37 0DD


The consultation will close at midnight on 12th May 2017. 


The outcome of the consultation will be published on 12th June 2017.

This consultation has now closed and our consultation report is now available.




  • Opened
    13 Apr 2017 at 00:00
  • Closed
    12 May 2017 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    12 Jun 2017

Summary of Results



Consultation Topic Housing issues
Geographical area Almondsbury, Bitton, Boyd Valley, Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke South, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay and Stoke Park, Hanham, Kings Chase, Ladden Brook, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Rodway, Severn, Siston, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury North, Thornbury South and Alveston, Westerleigh, Winterbourne, Woodstock, Yate Central, Yate North
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Contact Details

Tim Borthwick

Senior Enabling Officer

Strategic Housing Enabling Team

South Gloucestershire Council

01454 865558