The Council's strategic housing policies and guidance
On this page:
- Waltham Forest Housing Strategy: 2008-2028
- Waltham Forest Local Plan
- Building for the Future
- Older Persons' Housing Strategy 2015-20
- Waltham Forest's Tenancy Strategy and Tenancy Policy
- Strategic housing market and needs assessment
- Affordable rent guidance
- Development viability guidance
- Right to Buy
- Homelessness strategy
- Temporary Accommodation Policies
- Housing Allocation Scheme
Waltham Forest Housing Strategy: 2008-2028
The strategy sets out the Council's plans for housing until 2028.
Download the 2008 - 2028 Housing Strategy (503KB PDF file)
Waltham Forest Local Plan
The Waltham Forest Local Plan (formerly the Local Development Framework) provides the planning policy framework for considering planning applications.
Building for the Future
"Building for the Future" describes how we are responding to the housing challenges that exist in Waltham Forest. The Council supports the building of a wide range of homes in the borough, including affordable homes to meet everyone's needs.
Download Building for the Future (899KB PDF file).
See the Council's plans for delivering housing in Waltham Forest.
Older Persons' Housing Strategy 2015-20
This sets out the steps the Council will take to deliver more homes in Waltham Forest that are suitable for older people, and to improve the specialist older persons' housing that we already have.
Download Older Persons' Housing Strategy (720KB PDF file)
Download Older Persons' Housing Strategy Summary (720KB PDF file)
Waltham Forest's Tenancy Strategy and Tenancy Policy
All Registered Housing Providers (RPs), including local authorities, must produce a tenancy policy which explains the types and lengths of tenancies they grant. As well as its own tenancy policy, the Council also publishes a Tenancy Strategy for the borough which describes the higher level objectives.
- Download Waltham Forest’s Tenancy Strategy and Tenancy Policy (280KB PDF file)
- Contact details to find out about the tenancy policy of other housing providers (53KB Excel file)
Strategic housing market and needs assessment
In July 2011, the Council commissioned a new Strategic Housing Market and Needs Assessment (SHMNA) to provide an evidence base for the borough’s strategic approach to housing.
- Download the full Strategic Housing Market and Needs Assessment (5.7MB PDF file)
- Download the Executive Summary (263KB PDF file)
Affordable rent guidance
The Council has produced guidance setting out the maximum levels of rent that should be charged on Affordable Rented homes from the research. The guidance is currently under review and is also subject to national (government) policy on affordable housing. If you are an affordable housing developer, please contact the Council's Strategic Housing Team at an early stage to agree rent levels.
- Download the Affordable Rent Guidance (3K8B PDF file)
Development viability guidance
Planning rules mean that some housing developers must make a contribution towards providing affordable housing, consistent with the viability of the proposed scheme.
The Council has prepared guidance for applicants who cannot make these contributions because of the financial viability of their proposed development. These guidelines describe the process and the supporting information needed to assess viability.
- Download the Development Viability Guidance (27KB PDF file)
Right to Buy
The Right to Buy scheme is designed to help social housing tenants buy their home at a discount.
In March 2013 the maximum discounts in London were increased to £100,000. In January 2014 the government announced plans to increase the maximum discount for a house to 70% of its value, and the cap will start increasing in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation.
If you are a Waltham Forest Council tenant and are interested in the Right to Buy scheme, please contact Waltham Forest Housing on 020 8496 4197 or view their Right to Buy information.
Waltham Forest's Homelessness Strategy is published every five years.
Read Waltham Forest's Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018 (387KB PDF file)
Temporary Accommodation Policies
These policies set out how the Council acquires and allocates temporary accommodation for homeless households.
Housing Allocation Scheme
The Housing Allocation Scheme policy explains how social housing is allocated in Waltham Forest and how to understand the priority that your housing application is given.