Brent Council approved the Affordable Workspace SPD in June 2022.
Affordable Workspace must be secured for the lifetime in new development and disposed/leased to an approved operator at no more than 50% market value/rent for a minimum of 15 years.
Brent’s Local Plan Affordable Workspace policies are in accordance with London Plan policy E3 and are as below:
Policy BE1: Affordable Workspace should be 10% of total new employment floorspace in developments exceeding 3,000 sqm of employment floorspace in Alperton, Burnt Oak, Colindale, Church End, Neasden, Staples Corner and Wembley Growth Areas.
Policy BE2: 10% of new employment floorspace must be provided as Affordable Workspace in redevelopment of Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL) and Locally Significant Industrial Sites (LSIS) for industrial co-location and intensification.
Policy BE3: Requires Affordable Workspace in mixed-use development on Local Employment Sites (LES).
Policy BE4: Supports workspace in unviable secondary frontage in town centres.
Brent Local Plan Site Allocations also require the delivery of Affordable Workspace in new developments.
Within Growth Areas and town centres, Affordable Workspace typically allows for offices, research and development, light industrial and creative studio workspaces, compatible with the residential environment. Elsewhere, general industrial and storage and distribution uses may also be appropriate. Where a site is both a Growth Area and a SIL/LSIS, requirements in Policy BE2 take precedence.