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Appeal: Sutton flats approved despite inconsistent viability assessments

Sutton High Street / Christopher Hilton

A developer that offered varying financial contributions between £30,000 and £258,000 for a proposed block of 16 flats in South London has won permission for the scheme, despite a local policy seeking 50 per cent affordable housing for all new development.

The appeal relates to two semi-detached Victorian houses that were previously in use as a care home. These would make way for a block of 16 flats spread across four storeys.

According to the Sutton Core Strategy, the borough-wide target for affordable housing is 50 per cent. When the planning application was first submitted, the appellant was only willing to offer an ex gratia pa.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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