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Appeal: Council defeated on off-site contribution for sheltered housing scheme

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An inspector has granted permission for 30 sheltered housing apartments in Sutton, South London, with a reduced contribution to offsite affordable housing, after ruling that the figure required by the council would render the scheme unviable.

The proposal would see the demolition of an existing detached house and hotel near the village of Cheam, and the construction of 30 one and two-bedroom sheltered apartments with communal facilities. The appeal turned on the contribution to offsite affordable housing required of the appellant. The appellant disagreed with Sutton Borough Council on three factors in calculating the contribution:........
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