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04/07/2017

Appeal: Affordability of ‘starter homes’ cannot be a reserved matter

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An inspector has refused outline permission for eight ‘affordable’ starter homes, rejecting the appellant's suggestion that he would secure their affordable status through a fully detailed application at a later stage, because there is no mechanism to enforce affordability.

The appeal site is an area of land used for car repairs and servicing, given a “verdant character” by the mature trees that enclose it, in Sudbury, Suffolk. Plans to build seven homes on the land were blocked in 2013, when an inspector ruled that the trees physically separated the site from the neighbouring residential area, and allowing construction would therefore urbanise the are.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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