Key contacts

UK and London Affordable Housing

We understand affordable housing; where it’s needed, how it’s financed, developed and valued. And because we act on both on behalf of developers and local authorities we see both sides of the picture.

Acting on behalf of housing developers, social and private landowners landlords, funders and Local Authorities our experts advise on affordable housing initiatives throughout the development cycle - from concept, design, Section 106 negotiations and valuations through to a sale to housing associations or other Registered Social Providers (RPSs).

One of the team’s key areas of expertise is the preparation of financial viability models – such as the GLA Toolkit (aka Three Dragons) – to demonstrate the amount of affordable housing that a particular development can reasonably be expected to sustain.

Why Knight Frank Affordable Housing

Our planning experts know exactly how and where to add value. We do this by negotiating the optimal affordable housing mix and identifying the most suitable affordable housing provider for a scheme.

As well as having first-hand knowledge of local, regional and national affordable housing policy, funding frameworks, legislation and best practice we have particularly strong experience of high-density, mixed-use schemes in urban locations - undoubtedly the most challenging schemes into which to integrate affordable housing.

Our affordable housing services

  • Viability modeling and open book appraisals to support planning
  • Affordable housing pricing and valuation, including Red Book valuation for acquisition and disposal
  • Marketing and sale of affordable
  • Viability and planning assessments
  • Sustainability
  • Planning advice, including section 106 agreements and expert witness
  • Feasibility and options appraisals
  • Public private partnerships, joint ventures and SPVs
  • Regeneration and master planning, including design, management and compliance
  • Market evaluation, emerging tenures and sustainability assessments
  • Grant and investment administration
  • Stock rationalisation, including the transfer of tenanted or void RSL stock
  • Stock valuations

Affordable housing clients

  • Developers
  • Landowners
  • Housing associations
  • Local authorities
  • The London Development Agency
  • Homes and Communities Agency