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Clause 5 - Modification or discharge of affordable housing requirements

Part of Growth and Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 27th November 2012.

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Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich 11:00 am, 27th November 2012

The Minister accuses me of trying to have it both ways, but that is what he is trying to do. A moment ago, he said that my argument did not stand because there was no market housing. I have pointed out to him that under his Government’s definition, market housing can be agreed. It says so in the NPPF:

“Small numbers of market homes may be allowed at the local authority’s discretion, for example where essential to enable the delivery of affordable units without grant funding.”

The Minister’s first line of argument has fallen. I am happy to discuss my scenario. I do not want offend you, Mr Howarth, by going on too long in an intervention, but I painted a picture where, having got consent, the developer or individual found that it was not possible to produce the home viably. I used two examples: first, that the builder came in with costs that were higher than anticipated; secondly, that it was difficult to get a mortgage in current circumstances. Those are equally plausible examples where it is not possible to proceed viably with a scheme that has been agreed with a section 106 exception.