Affordable Housing SPD

The Affordable Housing SPD is being reviewed and a draft is out for consultation. For details please visit our Planning Consultation Portal. Alternatively you can download the document and response forms here.

The current Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was formally adopted by Scarborough Borough Council on 15 October 2019. The SPD provides guidance for developers on the affordable housing requirements for all new residential developments.

As a quick guide, the following table sets out the percentage of affordable units required within different sized schemes within the different sub-housing market areas within the borough.


Affordable threshold (no of dwellings)

Housing market areas


Filey, Hunmanby and Southern parishes

Whitby, Northern and Western parishes





9 or less

No contribution*

* Note: if your proposal exceeds 0.5 hectares you should contact the local planning authority to discuss your case as an affordable provision will be required even if less than 10 units.

If you have any questions please contact the Forward Planning section on 01723 232480 or email