Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

Affordable Housing SPD Front Cover copy

There is an on-going need for the provision of affordable housing in Eastbourne. The private rented sector doubled in the period between 2001 and 2011 whilst proportion of households that live in affordable housing and mainly rent from social housing landlord fell slightly over the same period. Analysis suggests that this is a result of challenges with the delivery of affordable housing and increasing unaffordability of owner occupation as house prices have continued to rise, as without dual incomes and/or access to savings/equity the owner occupied market remains unaffordable to the vast majority of households.

A significant proportion of affordable housing is delivered through the planning system. As part of planning permissions, Local Plan policy requires that applicants for housing developments make a contribution towards the delivery of affordable housing, either on-site or elsewhere in the town.

As a result of changes in national policy and updated information on development viability, Eastbourne Borough Council is preparing a new Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document to update the position relating to affordable housing contributions sought from development.

The Affordable Housing SPD will provide detailed explanation in support of the implementation of Policy D5: Housing of the Eastbourne Core Strategy Local Plan 2006-2027 (adopted 2013).  It contains advice relating to the standards required of the range of residential sites in order to deliver the affordable housing necessary to meet local needs. Once adopted, the Affordable Housing SPD will replace the Affordable Housing Implementation Technical Note (adopted 2013).

The Affordable Housing SPD is being published for consultation with the local community and other interested parties, commencing Friday 26 May and concluding on Friday 21 July. The Affordable Housing SPD can be accessed below. Comments can be made by either commenting directly on the document, completing and returning a representation form, or emailing comments to

For further information, please contact the Council's Regeneration & Planning Policy team via or 01323 410000. 

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    26 May 2017 at 09:00
  • Closed
    21 Jul 2017 at 17:00

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