Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Affordable Housing Policy

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead adopted their latest Local Plan in February 2022. It states that it “promotes a sustainable pattern of development for the Borough”.

Policy HO3 of the Local Plan sets out the expectations regarding affordable housing in the Borough, this can be seen below:

As seen above, there are different requirements based on the type of site and the number of dwellings proposed. This policy will apply to all sites where a residential scheme is proposed.

For developments of between 10-500 dwellings or over 1,000m2 of residential floorspace and on a greenfield site, 40% affordable housing will be sought.

By comparison on developments of 10+ dwellings and on any other site, or over 500 dwellings, 30% affordable housing will be sought.

In designated rural areas, all developments of 5-9 dwellings will also be required to provide 40% affordable housing.

Affordable housing provisions can be made on-site or on a different site if there is an identified housing need elsewhere. A financial contribution equivalent to the relevant affordable housing percentage can also be provided as an alternative, if on-site provisions are not appropriate.

Given current high build costs and stalling sales values, we advise that a site-specific viability assessment is completed on all residential developments of more than 1,000m2 or 5 dwellings in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

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