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Appeal: Reduced affordable housing allowed for mixed-use scheme


Permission has been granted for a mixed-used scheme including 66 residential units and an office element in Sevenoaks, Kent, after an inspector found that the financial viability of the scheme warranted a reduced affordable housing provision.

Inspector Jennifer Vyse noted Sevenoaks District Council’s concerns regarding the density of the scheme which, at 182 dwellings a hectare, would exceed that suggested by local policy. But Vyse found that “in a highly sustainable town centre location such as this with good public transport links, higher density development is acceptable in principle”.

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