Affordable homes row ‘unhelpful’

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LIBERAL Democrats in south Northants have said a reduction in the percentage of affordable homes developers have to build as part of new housing schemes is ‘crazy.’

Chris Lofts, South Northants Council’s Lib Dem member for Towcester said developers behind the Towcester Expansion, Persimmon and Bloor Homes have said the infrastructure funding they have to provide for the A5 relief road, would make the requirement to provide 40 per cent affordable housing unachievable.

Mr Lofts also highlights a report by the homelessness charity shelter which shows a growing gap between average earnings and house prices.

Mr Lofts added: “The Shelter report highlights the need for affordable housing. It is crazy that Tory led SNC is considering letting developers off the hook.”

Stephen Clarke, chairman of the SNC development control committee said: “Where a developer considers that a development is economically unviable because of the infrastructure requirements, the council will require full financial information to be made available from the developer in order that an informed decision can be made as to which, if any, of the requirements can be reduced.”

He added: “Speculation on the level of contribution that will be required from any site before all the issues are properly considered is premature and unhelpful for those in need of affordable housing.”