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Strategic housing policies and guidance

Last updated 21 December 2015

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 Housing Prospect Booklet (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.

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.

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.  

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.

Right to Buy

The Right to Buy scheme is designed to help social housing tenants buy their home at a discount.

Read the government's policy on Right to Buy

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.

Find out more on the Communities and Local Government website

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.

Homelessness strategy

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.

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