03. Is there a tenure mix that reflects the needs of the local community?

Gun Wharf, Plymouth

PPS3 (housing): ‘[The planning system should deliver] a mix of housing, both market and affordable, particularly in terms of tenure and price, to support a wide variety of households in all areas, both urban and rural.’

We can create neighbourhoods that cater for various socio-economic groups by having a mix of housing tenure. This includes providing social and privately rented accommodation, shared ownership properties and houses for outright sale.

A poor mix of housing tenure, if continued across a number of developments, can lead to a social imbalance and result in unsustainable communities. A large development should have the full range of tenures. For smaller developments, the tenure provision should support the existing mix of the area or introduce new tenures if necessary.

The percentage of affordable housing should be based on an assessment of the area in question. Successful development fully integrates the tenure mix, avoiding differentiation between individual dwellings and parts of the scheme based on their tenure.

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The 20 Criteria

Environment & community
Streets, parking & pedestrianisation
Design & construction
Does the development provide (or is it close to) community facilities, such as a school, parks, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?

Further reading

  • Better places to live: a companion guide to PPG 3 (DT LR and CABE, 2001); Chapter 4, pp34 to 35