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Appeal: Affordable housing condition removed on 17-home scheme

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A 17-home scheme at Mortimer Common near Reading can go ahead without affordable housing, after the appellants successfully used a 'benchmark approach' to demonstrate that including it would render the scheme unviable compared to existing permissions totalling eight homes.

According to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the cost of any requirement applied to a development - such as affordable housing - should not prevent the project from providing competitive returns, to ensure it remains deliverable. The West Berkshire Core Strategy (CS) requires at least 30 per cent of new homes to be affordable on schemes of 15 homes or more, and for proposals for .....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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