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17/01/2020

Appeal: Less affordable housing 'better than no development', rules inspector

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An inspector has approved plans for 227 flats on a brownfield site near Luton train station with no on-site affordable housing and an off-site contribution of just £300,000, ruling that the reduced offering was 'better than the alternative' of no development.

According to the Luton Local Plan, 20 per cent of all major residential development should be affordable. The appellant offered zero on-site provision, instead proposing a financial contribution towards off-site affordable housing of £300,000, arguing that a higher contribution would make the scheme unviable. 

The appellant's viability assessment referred to demolition and remediation .....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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