Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

The Council is consulting on the Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). Consultation will run from 20 October – 2 December 2022.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) expand upon how Local Plan policies should be applied. They cannot set new policy but build on adopted policy. The Affordable Housing SPD provides the context of when and how these specific housing types can be delivered across the city. This is intended to ensure that, in line with national and local policy, these specific types of housing are secured through the planning application process in order to meet the needs of the local community. The Affordable Housing SPD outlines the affordable housing requirements for above policy threshold sites, detail about rural exception sites, vacant building credit and alternatives to only be considered in exceptional circumstances including off site provision and commuted sums.

The SPD Consultation Draft can be viewed via the following link: 
Affordable Housing SPD Consultation Draft 

To view the SEA/HRA Screening Report please click the following link: 
Affordable Housing SEA/HRA Screening Report 

Consultation of the Affordable Housing SPD commenced on 20 October 2022 for 6 weeks. All comments must be received by 5pm on 2 December 2022. A hard copy of the Affordable Housing SPD can be viewed at Colchester Town Hall during opening hours.
Comments can be made via our online consultation database.

A user guide is available if you need help using the consultation portal.  

Alternatively, you can email your comments to:  

If you have any queries about the consultation, please contact the Planning Policy Team by email: or by phone: 01206 282541 or 01206 282975.
All representations will be published on our consultation portal in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations. For further information about how your data is processed, go to our privacy policy.

Page last reviewed: 19 October 2022


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