Affordable payment ruled necessary on single flat

Local circumstances justify an affordable housing contribution from a single flat in north London, an inspector has decided.

The borough’s average house price was just under £700,000. The appellant had offered neither the £50,000 financial contribution towards affordable housing set out in a council supplementary planning document nor a viability appraisal demonstrating why the payment sought would jeopardise the creation of an additional unit of housing.

The inspector was persuaded by the substantial evidence of affordable housing need provided by the council, finding that it had demonstrated that small sites made an important contribution to affordable housing delivery in the area. He attached very significant weight to this consideration and found that it outweighed the 2014 written ministerial statement and Planning Practice Guidance relieving small schemes from affordable housing contributions.

Inspector: C L Humphrey: Written representations

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