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Preventing Wasted Housing Supply

On 16 July 2015 the council adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) called Preventing Wasted Housing Supply. The SPD introduces measures to prevent future housing supply from being left vacant and, in effect, “wasted”, in order to  ensure  that new housing contributes to meeting Islington’s and London’s housing needs.

The mechanism for achieving this is to impose a planning obligation on developers and purchasers of newly built housing through a Section 106 planning agreement to ensure that the dwelling is used and occupied for residential purposes. The agreement will also impose a requirement on developers to inform purchasers of this obligation. The Council will have the right to investigate suspected breaches and to require that owners provide evidence of compliance. The SPD supports the implementation of policy CS12 of Islington Council’s Core Strategy. The SPD will be applied to all developments that result in 20 or more new dwellings.

The SPD, adoption statement and supporting documents are available to download at the bottom of the page, and are also available for inspection  at the Municipal Offices, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm).

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If you would like any further information, or if you have any problems accessing the documents (i.e. any of the links are broken or direct to the wrong document), please contact the Planning Policy Team at

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