Kensington and Chelsea ups ante on affordable housing

Grenfell Tower

Borough to require financial proof from developers claiming they cannot deliver 35% affordable homes.

That was the challenge posed by a new ‘discussion paper’ published by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) last week.

The Grenfell tragedy had thrown the quality and supply of affordable housing in the borough into “sharp relief”, said deputy leader Kim Taylor-Smith as he launched the discussion document, adding that “the management and the provision of housing in this borough must change”.

At the same time, the council announced that it wanted to develop 300 new council homes itself, as well as the same number of private residences.

But the reality is that a much larger proportion of new affordable homes will be delivered by private developers. So how could the new plans outlined in the discussion paper affect them?

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