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Too few affordable homes

December 8, 2018 3:15 PM
By Martin Burfoot

Affordable homes in MatlockMost developers seem to be doing their best to avoid building the affordable homes required in our new Local Plan, by pleading poverty, all because of the cost of mitigating problems such as ground contamination or surface water flooding. This should not be tolerated, but developers exploit loopholes and local councils are rarely backed by the Tory Government when developers appeal against any refusal of planning consent. Councils also seem reluctant to challenge developers on such important matters, before planning consent is granted.Another problem is that for the last two years the District Council appears to have spent only a small proportion of their Section 106 receipts on new affordable housing schemes in the Dales, even though Matlock has done better than other places. It seems obvious that building such houses was much easier in the past when local Councils found sites and built their own houses, with much better control than at present. Surely the time has come for our Tory led Government to delegate house building powers to councils once again.