On Thursday councillors decided that they didn’t want any riffraff living in a new housing development in the middle of town and voted to make sure that out of 185 homes not one of them needed to be affordable.
There are rules about providing affordable housing amongst new properties but it was decided not to apply these. Seems the developers persuaded the councillors that due to the nature of the site, make of that what you will, it meant an affordable allocation would not be viable.
This was justified by Tory councillor Horsington who said, “The whole committee is regretful that there is no provision for affordable housing within the development. However, we are satisfied that the financial viability assessment has been meticulously conducted.” Yeah, right.
The developer, City & Country, and the district council came up with a good spin saying the scheme could not “financially support any affordable housing” because of the “high costs associated with developing this congested brown field site in a conservation area”. Looks like a nice little stitch up from here at TheField.