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Appeal: Affordable housing requirement halved after developer's High Court challenge

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A 103-home scheme in Skipton, North Yorkshire, approved subject to 40 per cent affordable housing provision, can be built with half that amount, says an inspector. This follows the developer's successful challenge to the council’s affordable housing policy at the High Court.

Full permission for the scheme was awarded to Skipton Properties Ltd in 2013 subject to a Section 106 agreement to provide 41 affordable units, reflecting a condition of the outline approval that required 40 per cent affordable housing. After building 10 houses, the developer was allowed to change the type of the remaining 93 homes and then sought to remove a condition in that permission........
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