Developer calls for intermediate homes

A single policy framework should be created with the aim of bringing forward more intermediate homes in London, an affordable housing developer has urged.

Pocket director Marc Vlessing argued that affordable homes for key workers and private housing are not meeting the needs of first-time buyers in the capital.

He told Planning that policies for intermediate homes are currently "pulled in from everywhere", with no joined-up thinking on how to bring schemes forward.

The company has had three intermediate housing schemes with a total of 80 homes turned down but won on appeal in the past year. Vlessing maintained that a cultural change in local authorities must be encouraged.

"For a long time people have been working within a distinct structure of either providing social or private housing. We are saying there is a third way," he added.

Pocket has been in talks with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to deliver more intermediate homes. The GLA could not comment as Planning went to press.

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