THE PEOPLE SAY NO’ Council responses to the Government’s ‘Changes to the Existing Planning System’ consultation (submission date 1st October} are starting to appear online. There seems to be general opposition to most of the proposals – which is quite unusual.
The Winchester response gives a flavour. It includes: “No evidence has been presented by the government that a higher level of housebuilding will have the intended outcome of reducing average house prices in district’s like Winchester, still less that there will be any benefit for existing residents trying to step onto or climb the housing ladder. Therefore there seems little justification for this greatly increased requirement when the risks of inappropriate development are taken into account. Indeed the proposal to raise the small site threshold will self-evidently reduce the availability of affordable housing.”
And from a Parish Council (Hayton):
“The proposal to raise the site threshold that will trigger affordable housing contributions to 40 dwellings until the economy recovers from Covid-19. This change would mean that in approximately 70% of parishes of less than 3k population, no affordable housing contributions would be required on sites of fewer than 40-50 dwellings. Given that most development sites in rural areas are less than 10 dwellings this would mean that no affordable housing would be delivered in these communities.”
The consultation period ends on 1st October.
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