Affordable housing offer secures scheme consent

A development of 116 homes in east London has been allowed after an inspector agreed that a planning obligation would ensure that an appropriate level of affordable housing would be delivered.

The appellants proposed 19 affordable units, equating to 16 per cent of the total and well below the 50 per cent normally required by the council. The council's scrutiny of the appellants' viability calculations suggested that 39 affordable homes could be provided if market conditions improved. In response, the appellants offered to convert a further ten open-market homes to affordable ones if the scheme made enough profit.

Under the revised obligation, the appellants would help to pay for improved education, health and travel facilities. Should the profit from the development exceed a specified amount, the money would be used for converting some or all of the ten open-market units to affordable housing. The inspector found this an acceptable solution.

Inspector: Ian McPherson; Hearing

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