Affordable Housing and Financial Contribution ThresholdsMay 20th, 2016 | Posted by in News
Following the Government’s success in the Appeal Court revised Planning Practice Guidance has been introduced today which indicate that:-
contributions should not be sought from developments of 10-units or less, and which have a maximum combined gross floorspace of no more than 1000sqm
in designated rural areas, local planning authorities may choose to apply a lower threshold of 5-units or less. No affordable housing or tariff-style contributions should then be sought from these developments. In addition, in a rural area where the lower 5-unit or less threshold is applied, affordable housing and tariff style contributions should be sought from developments of between 6 and 10-units in the form of cash payments which are commuted until after completion of units within the development. This applies to rural areas described under section 157(1) of the Housing Act 1985, which includes National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If you are promoting a small housing development and need assistance in your negotiations with local planning authorities please call Chris Garner.
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