Affordable element required in mixture

A development in Kent comprising a range of flats, houses, offices and industrial units has been refused permission after an inspector decided that it should make provision for affordable housing.

The main parties agreed that the provision of an affordable flat would typically represent an additional cost to the developer of between £40,000 and £50,000. The appellants explained that their ability to secure a grant towards providing affordable housing in the development had not been established. They asserted that if the appeal failed then they would implement a scheme granted permission last year that did not need to provide affordable homes because it fell below the council's policy threshold.

The inspector held that the extant permission should not form a basis for allowing a scheme that generated a need to provide affordable housing. That approach could be seized on by other landowners and developers as a way of circumventing proper implementation of the council's affordable housing policies, he ruled. In his view, the appellants had not demonstrated that provision of some affordable housing was unviable.

DCS Number 100-051-181

Inspector Hywel Jones; Hearing.

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